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View of a single small ruined temple near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District 10032156

View of a single small ruined temple near the village of Anjaneri, Nasik District 10032156

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2156)

Item number: 10032156

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a single small ruined temple 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. The temple shown in this image is probably the small Vaishnava temple No.8 of which only the shrine is preserved. The deliberate damage to the roof can clearly be seen in this photograph with large cactus plants growing from the ruined shikara or tower.

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