Temple at Bijawar
Photographer: Dayal, Deen
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a temple at Bijawar in Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayl in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.'
Bijawar is a state of Central India part of Bundelkhand that takes its name from chief town which was founded in the 17th century by Bijai Singh a Gond chief of Garha Mandla. In the 18th century it was conquered by Chhatarsal, the founder of Panna, a Rajput of the Bundela clan. The brick temple in this view is built in a mixed style of architecture with elements taken from the Hindu and Muslim traditions. It is roofed by ribbed bulbous domes crowned with long finials. Miniature shrines surrounding the domes have sloping curvilinear roofs reminiscent of the hut-type temples of Bengal.