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Small mosque (known as Bansa Mosque) built from material from a Hindu temple, Lalitpur, Jhansi District.

Small mosque (known as Bansa Mosque) built from material from a Hindu temple, Lalitpur, Jhansi District.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(803)

Item number: 1003803

Genre: Photograph

This photograph was taken by an unknown photographer, c. 1880s-90s and forms part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The North-Western Provinces list gives the following information, '...a small masjid 19 feet 4 inches square, built entirely of Hindu materials, or perhaps it is part of a Hindu temple, only slightly altered. It is called Bansa, and bears an inscription in Devanagari letters of the time of Firuz Shah. The erection of the masjid must therefore be later than the date of this inscription, Samvat 1415, or A.D. 1358. The pillars of the masjid apparently must have belonged to three or four different temples, as they are of very different sizes as well as of different patterns.' (p. 123) This last sentence appears to contradict the possibility that the mosque was originally part of a single temple. The function of this building as a mosque has been called into question.

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