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Torana or hindola in the village, Gyaraspur, Bhopal State

Torana or hindola in the village, Gyaraspur, Bhopal State

Photographer: Beglar, Joseph David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1315)

Item number: 10031315

Length: 24

Width: 18.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the torana or hindola in the village, Gyaraspur, Bhopal State taken by Joseph David Beglar in 1871 or 1872. A. Cunningham reported, "The building called Hindola is an ornamental entrance, or toran, leading to a Brahmanical temple. Hindola means simply a ''swing'', and the toran with its two upright pillars and cross-beams has sufficient resemblance to the common Indian swing to justify the people in calling it by this name. The pillars of the toran are carved on all four faces. In the lower panels are represented the ten incarnations of Vishnu, the tortoise and fish being placed together on one pillar, and Buddha, standing with the right shoulder bare, with a small Kalki Avatar on his horse beside him, on the other pillar. The ends of the bracket capitals are fashioned as lions' and elephants' heads, the former facing outwards and the latter inwards. All the figures which once stood on the brackets are now gone; but there are two projecting stones on each face of the architrave with round holes on the under side, showing how far the figures must have leaned inwards. On the south face of the central pinnacle, which represents a small temple, there is a figure of the boar incarnation of Vishnu in the lower panel."

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