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Ruined large brick temple, known as Salivahana's Temple, Sonatapan, Bankura District.

Ruined large brick temple, known as Salivahana's Temple, Sonatapan, Bankura District.

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(5)

Item number: 10035

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of Salivahana's temple, Sonatapan taken by J.D.Beglar in 1872. The temple is made of brick and the shikara, pictured here in a decayed and ruinous state rises to a height of nearly thirty feet. the slope of the roof is made of overlapping brick courses. The whole structure stands on a platform and does not appear to have included a mandapa at any time. This can be deduced by the fact that there is no part of the Shikhara or tower against which a mandapa could abutt without obscuring some ornamentation. The temple is decorated with plaster which was added when the structure was originally built. A number of other mounds can be found in the immediate vicinity of Salivahana's temple which were also possibly temples now fallen into ruins.

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