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Sculpture of a dvarapala (temple guardian), Chandranatha Basti, Bhatkal

Sculpture of a dvarapala (temple guardian), Chandranatha Basti, Bhatkal

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2009)

Item number: 10032009

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of one of the guardians of the Chandranatha Basti temple, Bhatkal taken by Henry Cousens in either the 1880s or the 1890s. Bhatkal was a small town when Cousens visited, yet the large numbers of ruined temples found there suggested that it had once been one of the most important religious centres in Maharashtra. Built in either the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries, the Jain temple was called Jattapa Nayakana Chandranatheshvara Basti in the caption to this photograph. Henry Cousens described the temple as: ''...situated in a field to the north of the town, and composed of two blocks of buildings joined together by an intervening porch, the whole running east and west and facing east. The main block, that on the west, is on two stories...'' The roof of the temple slopes, to allow for the large volumes of rain that a building located close to the coast would be subjected to. This photograph gives a full-length profile of a sculpture of a guardian figure. These stand on either side of the doorway to the outer antechamber of the complex.

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