Teli Mundir Gwalior Fort
Photographer: Deen Dayal, Lala (1844-1905)
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Teli ka Mandir Temple at Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in 1882 from the Lee-Warner Collection: 'Scenes and Sculptures of Central India, Photographed by Lala Deen Diyal, Indore.' The Teli-ka-Mandir is a Hindu temple built in the middle of the eighth century during the Pratihara period. It is situated in the impressive fort that rises 100 metres above the town of Gwalior. The temple presents a unique blending of various Indian architectural styles. The rectangular sanctuary is covered by a masonry tower of the Nagari or North Indian type crowned with a Valabhi or barrel vaulted roof with a gavaksha, an arched window. The niches on the outer walls, which no longer house the sculptures, are covered by arch-like motifs, a North Indian type of decoration. The doorway is decorated with carved figures of river goddesses, amorous couples, foliation motifs and a flying Garuda on the lintel. This is a view of the temple, seen here in the process of restoration by Griffin.