Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Columns of the Temple of Ambernath--Photographer: Scott, Charles Medium: Photographic print Date: 1855

Columns of the Temple of Ambernath

Photograph of the base of sculptured columns of the Ambarnath temple, taken by Charles Scott in the late 1850s. The Ambaranatha Temple was built in 1060 as recorded in an inscription found in the temple and belongs to the Yadava style of architecture. The temple faces west and consists of a sanctuary and a mandapa or hall with three porches, both built on a stepped plan. The walls are decorated with sculpture panels of beautiful maidens and three principal niches in the centre of each wall have figures of the gods. The tower over the sanctuary has almost collapsed and is surrounded by a cluster of miniature towers while the mandapa has a pyramidal roof.

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