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Ruins of Martund.

Ruins of Martund.

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(94)

Item number: 1194

Genre: Photograph

General view of the ruins of the Surya Temple at Martand, Jammu and Kashmir, taken by Samuel Bourne in the 1860s. The temple, dedicated to the sun deity, is considered a masterpiece of early-Kashmir temple style and was built by Lalitaditya (c.724-60) the most powerful monarch of the Karkota dynasty. The temple consists of a principal sanctuary, with a broad flight of steps leading to the main entrance on its western side, together with two minor shrines. Standing at one end of a large rectangular court entered by a central gate in its western side, the temple is situated on a high plateau and commands superb views over Kashmir's central valley. Bourne was well known for his picturesque views of India and between the years 1863 and 1866 he made three extensive photographic expeditions to Kashmir and the Himalayas.

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