Ruins of a brick temple at Pakbirra, Manbhum District
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined brick temple at Pakbirra taken by Joseph David Beglar. Pakbirra is home to a number of different temples built by worshippers belonging to the Buddhist, Jain and Hindu faiths. The temple shown in this photograph is described eloquently in Beglars's 'Report of a tour through the Bengal Provinces...in 1872-73' p. 194, "A large brick temple, the only one now standing, of brick; faces east, and has its doorway of the usual overlapping type, and without the stone sill cutting up its height into a doorway proper and an illuminating window; the temple, externally and internally, is remarkably plain, the only ornamental projections, &c., being at the corners; the bricks are all set in mud; ... there is no interior roof to the cell, the pyramidal hollow of the tower being open to the sanctum; there is no object of worship inside."