Pillared hall with tirthankara, Khajuraho
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a pillared hall with tirthankara at Khajuraho, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871-72. In the Report of the Archaeological Survey of India for the years 1862-63-64-65, Alexander Cunningham described the temple in this view as "...the largest and finest of this group of Jain temples...the whole design of this temple is peculiar and novel. The interior consists of three chambers, - the mandapa, antarala and garbhagriha, -or the open pillared hall, the vestibule and the sanctum, with a passage running all round the three. Externally the temple may be described as a simple oblong with a recess on each of the long sides, and a projection on each of the short sides, that to the east forming the entrance portico. The walls are decorated with numerous bands of mouldings, and with three rows of statues...amongst which I recognised several of the Brahmanical gods...There is no inscription now attached to the temple recording its erection, but, on the left jamb of the entrance, there is a short inscription...announcing the gift of various gardens to the temple of Jinanatha by Bhavya Pahila in the Samvat year 1011, or A.D. 954, during the reign of Raja Dhangga. The date of its erection may, therefore be fixed as not later than A.D. 900, and, perhaps, even as early as A.D. 800."