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Temple near Burwa Sagor

Temple near Burwa Sagor

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1882

Shelfmark: Photo 2/4(54)

Item number: 54

Length: 20.1

Width: 12.65

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jarai-ki-Math Temple at Pathera, near Barwa Sagar in Uttar Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882, from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.'. In the North-Western Provinces List of 1891 A. Fuhrer wrote, "On the village lands, about a little less than three miles to the west of Barua Sagar, near the village of Phatera, is a temple-tower of the ninth century, built on the summit of a dih, and called Jarah-ki-Math, constructed of solid blocks of sandstone, richly carved with figures from the Hindu pantheon...Externally it measures about 22 feet by nine feet, originally it extended at least another nine feet in an eastward direction. It is built in the form of a sikhara, the outline of which is simple. A great portion of the east facade is covered with "horse-shoe" diaper work, and profusely ornamented with figure carving of a high class nature. On the north and south sides project hooded balconies, and the west is broken up by buttresses. The interior is square, and contains an image of Siva and Parvati.At the angles are eight massive stone shafts of the later Gupta period, which support lintels carrying a beautifully-carved ceiling. There are several masons' records on the lintels in characters of the later Gupta period, and a fragmentary inscription of the same time on a statue of Durga."

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