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Sejakpur, Kathiawar. Navlakha Temple from north-east

Sejakpur, Kathiawar. Navlakha Temple from north-east

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1899

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/6(1599)

Item number: 100961599

Length: 23.8

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Navalakha Temple at Sejakpur in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Western India 1898-99. Sejakpur is about twenty miles south-west of Wadwan. The Navalakha Temple, which stands to the north-west of the village, was built in the 12th century. It is one of the finest temples in Kathiawar of the Solanki period, now in a ruinous condition; every beam in the mandapa (hall) is cracked and the sikara, or tower has almost completely fallen. It consists of a sanctuary and a mandapa built on a stepped plan and stands on a high basement decorated with mouldings. The mandapa has projecting porches on the side with inclined balcony seating. The temple is richly carved throughout; sculptured figures of the gods are framed within pilasters on the outer walls and the columns, brackets and ceilings are also ornately carved. This view shows a section of the carved fa├žade of the mandapa.

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