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View from the north of two small ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District

View from the north of two small ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2153)

Item number: 10032153

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of two ruined temples near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District taken by Henry Cousens either in the 1880s or the 1890s. Anjaneri is situated in northern Maharashtra. A large number of temples were built here independently of one another, unusual for temples of such a small size. They are not clustered around a central shrine in the manner that most small Indian temples are, instead each stands alone and is dedicated to a different deity. The Brahmanical shrines have been damaged very badly and probably on purpose whilst the Jain shrines have been better preserved. This photograph shows two small temples which are part of a group of shrines in the village of Anjaneri. The outer walls of the sanctuary and of the porch of the temple in the foreground are very plain, the only decoration consisting of a series of mouldings. The sanctuaries of both temples are covered by curvilinear spires or Shikaras.

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