Sculptures in the public garden at Narsimhapur: Nrsimhavatara and female Jain figure
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of sculptures in the public garden at Narsimhapur representing Nrsimhavatara and a female Jain figure, taken by Henry Cousens in around 1892-94. Shortly after this view was taken, Cousens wrote in the 'Central Provinces List of Antiquarian Remains': "In the public garden...there are some very interesting sculptures which were collected by Colonel Bloomfield from various parts of the district. Most of them were brought from Barehta. They shew (sic) that there once existed in this district a high class of old temples...The sculptures in the garden consist of pillars, doorways, portions of the same, beams, and figures, together with some old guns. Most interesting of all, perhaps, is a very complete and elaborately carved doorway which is set up across a pathway [seen in background of this print], and is, with the exception of the dedicatory block upon the lintel, in a thorough good state of preservation...." In his incarnation as Narasimha, Vishnu appears as half-man and half-lion to kill the demon Hiranyakashipu who was was not allowing the Hindus to worship Vishnu. The other sculpture represents a female figure.