Ruins of a barakhambha or twelve-pillared hall, Rath, Hamirpur District.
Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph the building, partly obscured by trees was taken by Joseph David Beglar c.1871-72 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India and is described as follows, 'Raat contains two ancient-looking Barakhambas or twelve-pillared, both roofless, which the Muhammadans claim as theirs, while the Hindus as stoutly maintain them to be Hindu. Of the pillars, the bases, capitals and shafts correspond, and are apparently in their proper positions; but close examination shows that the capitals are not all of the same size. The remains of the brick dome which once crowned each of these shows indisputable signs of having been built after the Muhammadan conquest, and the existence of two carved stones, the lower sills of the entrances of Hindu temples, among the stones forming the present basement, proves that they are built out of older Hindu temples.'
.J.D. Beglar, Report of a tour in Bundelkhand and Malwa, 1871-72; and in the Central Provinces, 1873-74 (A.S.I. vol. VII, Calcutta, 1878), p. 22