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Velapur, Sholapur District. A memorial stone (a small stone)

Velapur, Sholapur District. A memorial stone (a small stone)

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 1009/5(1551)

Item number: 1551

Length: 18.6

Width: 16.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a small memorial stone with carving of hunting scenes from Velapur, in the Sholapur District of Maharashtra, taken by Henry Cousens in 1897-98. The temple at Velapur is in the Hemadpanti style dating to c.1300 in the reign of Devagiri Yadava king Ramchandra (1271-1310). Numerous temples in the Hemadpanti style were built in Central India under the Yadava dynasty in the 12th century. In the Progress report for the Archaeological Survey of Western India for the year ending 30th June 1898, Henry Cousens wrote, "...we found some interesting remains at Velapur. Here by the roadside, just outside the village, is a plain but well preserved old stone temple with a well built dharamsala or rest-house beside it. Around the temple, set up in the ground, and all more or less buried by the additional accumulation of the earth of ages, are about twenty well carved viragals or memorial stones. There are seven in one line which were almost half buried while the rest are scattered about. They represent battle scenes where the hero distinguishes and extinguishes himself, and linga worship. They are a very interesting collection, but are uncared for. They might, with advantage, be placed leaning against the wall of the old temple, which is not used, on the lee-side."

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