View of ghat and Omkareshvara Temple, Mandhata, Nimar District
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph taken by Henry Cousens between 1892 and 1894 showing the ghat and the Omkareshvara temple, Mandhata. This is a view looking across the Narmada river from the island towards the ghat and the Omkareshvara temple. Mandhata is partially built on the banks, and partially on an island in the Narmada river which can be seen in the foreground of this photograph. The town is situated in the southern part of modern day Madhya Pradesh, and is a celebrated site of pilgrimage for followers of Shiva. The religious importance of the town stems from the presence of the Omkareshvara temple, which houses one of the twelve most important lingas in India. This temple was constructed relatively recently although it incorporates columns from a much older structure. Built in a typical north Indian style, the temple has a tall sikhara, or tower, and elaborate decoration with intricate carvings.