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Statue of mother and child, Jagannatha Temple, Puri

Statue of mother and child, Jagannatha Temple, Puri

Photographer: Mukherji, Poorno Chander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(383)

Item number: 1003383

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a statue of mother and child from the Jagannatha Temple at Puri, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Poorno Chander Mukherji in the 1890s. Puri is considered one of the four holy places of Hinduism and is particularly revered by the Vaishnavas as the home of Krishna in his form of Jagannatha or Lord of the Universe. The temple dedicated to this god is one of the largest temples in India and was founded in the 12th Century by Anantavarman Chodaganga (r.1077-1147) of the Eastern Ganga dynasty. The sanctuary, covered by a spire of 57 m capped by a large amalaka, is preceded by a mandapa with a pyramidal roof and other mandapas which were added subsequently. The statue in this view is part of the rich sculptural ornamentation of the temple.

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