Click here to skip to content

Temple of Kali at the Hira Gate, looking to the right, Dabhoi

Temple of Kali at the Hira Gate, looking to the right, Dabhoi

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/4(394)

Item number: 10004394

Length: 17.5

Width: 23.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Kalika Mata Temple and of the Hira Gate at Dabhoi in Gujarat, taken by James Burgess in 1874. Dabhoi is an ancient town that was fortified by the Solanki Rajputs from the 12th Century. The fort was built in the 13th century by the Vaghela king of Patan, or Anhilvada, following the shastric traditions described in the Vastu scriptures. There are four gates facing in the cardinal directions. In the 'Report on the Antiquities of Kathiawad and Kachh of 1874-75', Burgess wrote, "Original portions... of the four [gates] still remain,- they have only been repaired or partially rebuilt, and Muhammadan arches substituted for the old Rajput mode of spanning the aperture by corbelling inwards by means of a series of carved brackets supporting long stone lintels above...the brackets, lintels, and upper portions of the side walls have all been elaborately carved with mythological figures and architectural ornament." The Kali Temple was built in 1255 next to the east gate, the Hira Gate, the most exquisitely carved. The 'mandapa' or hall of the temple has projecting balconies. The shrine itself houses a figure of the goddess on a marble altar. The outer walls are covered by sculptures of various Hindu deities.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: