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View of the ruins looking across from north-east to south-east, Mehekar, Buldana District, Berar

View of the ruins looking across from north-east to south-east, Mehekar, Buldana District, Berar

Photographer: Gill, Robert

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1871

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/33(3359)

Item number: 1000333359

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruined colonnades at Mehekar, taken by Robert Gill in 1871 and described (by Gill) in Cousens, Central Provinces list (1897), p. 80, 'All that a few years ago represented the once fine temple of Mehkar was a picturesque ruin of standing columns and lintels, situated upon a very high basement or platform. The columns, judging from photographs, were of an old type and rather neat in design, and decorated with large lozenge-shaped ornament, conventional eaves, and bands of geese. These have now all disappeared.' The pillars are combined with horizontal stone lintels to provide support for the roof, a method of construction typical of temple design. The temple was also accompanied by residential buildings built to house visiting pilgrims to the site.

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