View from the north of one of the Jain temples in the Fort at Hangal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Jain temple in the fort at Hangal, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Hangal is a small town south of Hubli in the modern state of Karnataka. During the 12th century it was under Chalukya rule and in the next century the town came under Hoysala rule. The Jain temple at Hangal was probably built after AD1150. It consists of a sanctuary and an open hall with closed back which have both lost their superstructure. The shrine now incorporates a tower of bricks with a hemispherical crowning. The temple is built on a stepped plan and its walls are decorated with thin pilasters. The sculptural decoration of the top of the wall is elaborate and consists of flowers, gods, torana and garlands. The open hall has lathe-turned pillars.