Three-shrine temple of Parsvanatha, built Samvat 1232, at Bijholiya [Bijolia] in Udaypur [Udaipur] State
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mahalkal and Bijnath Temple at Bijolia in Rajasthan, taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Northern Circle (North-Western Provinces and Oudh) in 1896-97. Bijolia is located on the road between Bundi and Chittaurgarh and is situated on the picturesque Uparmal plateau. There was once a group of 100 Hindu temples in Bijolia, almost all dating to the 9th or 10th centuries, now only three remain and they date to the 12th century. The area is rich in relics of medieval Mewar history. In the Report of a tour in Eastern Rajputana in 1871-72 and 1872-73, A.C.L. Carlleyle wrote, "Temple of Mahalkal and Bijnath. This temple contains a grand, domed, central hall, or vestibule, and two side shrines, and a small side chamber, as well as a small upper chamber over the last; the two shrines being each surmounted by a separate sikar, or spire, while the small side chamber is surmounted by a pointed dome, and the great hall is covered by a low, somewhat flattened rounded dome; so that this is, in reality, a large building containing two temples under one roof, as well as the great central hall, and two small side chambers, one above the other; and it is surmounted by two sikars and two domes."