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Varahi image at Jajpur, Cuttack District

Varahi image at Jajpur, Cuttack District

Photographer: Cornish, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(38)

Item number: 100338

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of an image of Varahi at Jajpur, Cuttack District, Orissa, taken by William Henry Cornish around 1870. The List of the Ancient Monuments of Bihar and Orissa of 1931 describes it, "The image represents the earth Goddess, who assumed human form in order to become the wife of the boar incarnation of Vishnu. She is shown with three eyes, and the hair is treated in 'cork-screw' curls raised high on the forehead. She wears ornaments and a sari...Three of her four arms are broken; the fourth holds a child on her left thigh. The image, which is carved in chlorite, is practically in full relief...It is said to have once belonged to the Mukti-mandapa, the site of which, now occupied by the tombs of Bukhari Sahib, his nephew and his horse, is situated about 100 yards to the south of the Sub-Divisional Officer's bungalow."

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