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Side view of the Navagraha Temple, Bod

Side view of the Navagraha Temple, Bod

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(186)

Item number: 1003186

Genre: Photograph

Photograph giving a side view of the Navagraha Temple at Bod in Orissa, taken by Joseph David Beglar sometime between 1874-76. The List of Ancient Monuments of Bengal (1896) states, "This temple is built of red sandstone and planned on the principle of intersecting squares laid down by Fergusson as the most common type of plan of mediaeval temples in India. Very profusely carved in successive reticulated clusters of vertical lines which are very effective in giving light and shade to the relief. Period 9th century A.D. There are other temples smaller than the Navagraha, but in every other respect similar." The temple is also mentioned in J.D. Beglar's Report of tours in the South-Eastern Provinces in 1874-75 and 1875-76, Archaeological Survey of India volume XIII, Calcutta, 1882, " are a number of small but exquisitely finished temples...they have a group of the Navagrahas [nine planets] over the entrance.."

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