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View from the north-east of the Chandranatha Basti, Bhatkal

View from the north-east of the Chandranatha Basti, Bhatkal

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1890

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2007)

Item number: 10032007

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the main entrance of the Chandranatha Basti temple, Bhatkal taken by Henry Cousens in either the 1880s or the 1890s. Bhatkal was a small town when Cousens visited, yet the large numbers of ruined temples found there suggested that it had once been one of the most important religious centres in Maharashtra. This photograph gives a general view of a Jain temple, called Jattapa Nayakana Chandranatheshvara Basti in the caption, with a tall lamp column (dhvajastambha) in the foreground. The temple was built in either the seventeenth or eighteenth centuries. Henry Cousens described the temple as: ''...situated in a field to the north of the town, and is composed of two blocks of buildings joined together by an intervening porch, the whole running east and west and facing east. The main block, that on the west, is on two stories...'' The roof of the temple slopes to allow for the large volumes of rain that a building located close to the coast would be subjected to.

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