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Ruins of the great Jain temple, Bhand Dewal, at Arang

Ruins of the great Jain temple, Bhand Dewal, at Arang

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1873

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1274)

Item number: 10031274

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sanctuary tower of the great Jain temple at Bhand Dewal, taken by Joseph David Beglar between 1873 and 1874 and and described in his 'Report of a tour...in the Central Provinces, 1873-74' : ''The next temple is known as Bhand dewal, from the naked .... figures adorning it outside and enshrined inside. This is a lofty and very graceful temple, although much dilapidated; it faces west; it has lost its mandapa and portico, and the front face of the tower has been extensively repaired, and now presents a vertical and perfectly plain surface of white-washed plaster. A great part of the north-east and south-east portions of the tower have also been destroyed and re-built rudely of brick and mortar; but notwithstanding these drawbacks, its tower, seen on the side on which it is yet entire, is singularly graceful in outline. The temple, I was told, was used as a survey station, and to this it owes its preservation. The sides of the tower which showed a tendency to split open are held together by a broad iron strap going completely round the tower about the middle of the upper portion...'' There is in fact another restraining band near the top of the tower. The outside of the temple is heavily ornamented with statues and mouldings.

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