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View from the south-west of the north porch of the Rudra Mahalaya Temple, Siddhapur

View from the south-west of the north porch of the Rudra Mahalaya Temple, Siddhapur

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/18(1938)

Item number: 1938

Length: 23.4

Width: 21.35

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the north porch of the Rudra Mahalaya Temple at Sidhpur in Gujarat, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Rudra Mahalaya Temple at Sidhpur dates from the 12th century and was constructed by the Solanki ruler Jayasimha (r.1094-1143). This multi-storeyed temple is devoted to the Shiva, a principle Hindu deity. Only two porches and four pillars remain of the eleven shrines and three gateways. The ornamentation of the temple was exuberant as shown by the the elaborate and detailed carving of the pillars in this view.

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