View of south-west corner of the Amba Bhai Temple, Kolhapur
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Amba Bhai temple, Kolhapur taken in the 1880s or 1890s by Henry Cousens. The earliest parts of the Amba Bhai Temple date to the Yadava period. The Yadavas ruled parts of the northern Deccan from their capital at Devagiri, near modern day Aurangabad, from the 10th century. Parts of the original temple are still extant while others have been heavily rebuilt, for example a pyramidal tower was built in the 18th Century. The entrance hall is laid out on a stepped plan with a basement and eave mouldings whilst the doorways are flanked by pilasters and pierced stone screens. Throughout the temple, sculptures are set into small niches. The most renowned section of the temple is a mandapa, or porch, situated in front of the Sheshagiri shrine. It is known for its ceiling, which was beautifully carved with Vaishnavite images in the late Chalukyan period. This photograph shows a view of four whitewashed shikaras rising in the background, which are quite different in character to the older parts of the temple.