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Side view of temples Nos. 1 and 2 (Ganesha and Durga Temples), Barakar, Burdwan District

Side view of temples Nos. 1 and 2 (Ganesha and Durga Temples), Barakar, Burdwan District

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1872

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(15)

Item number: 100315

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of temples Nos.1 and 2 (Ganesha and Durga Temples) at Barakar, Burdwan District, taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1872-73. In the report he wrote at that time Beglar states that: "Temples Nos.1 and 2 are precisely like each other. As they stand at present, they consist of a simple cell each, surmounted by a tower roof, but there are traces of a mandapa in front...One of the temples is inscribed...From the style of the characters, the temples do not appear to date beyond the Muhammadan conquest...The inscriptions are not dated...Artistically, the very profusion of deep-cut lines, richly sculptured, which do not apparently increase the stability of the temple, is unsatisfactory." The temples were built in the 16th century, imitating the design of the earlier Siddheshvara temple. The walls are decorated with friezes and depictions of animals.

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