The Temples of Gujarat - Part II

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Someshvara Temple, Kiradu, 1020
This is the best preserved of the Kiradu group. The basement reliefs of the sanctuary are of interest, especially the elephants, horses, courtly episodes and epic scenes; most of the wall panels are intact. Above rise a cluster of turrets that once formed the base of the central cower, now fallen.
The mandapa is an impressive structure with an octagonal arrangement of the central columns; only the beams and lowest courses of the corbelled dome are intact. The elaborately decorated columns, covered with miniature figures and ornamental motifs, resemble those of the better-preserved Solanki monuments at Modhera.

Shrinathji Temple, Nathwadra, 1691
This is the most important place of pilgrimage for the Hindu Vallabha sect. An image of Krishna brought to Nathdwara from Mathura in 1617 by the Rajput ruler of Udaipur is worshipped here. Carved out of black stone at some unknown date, the figure of Krishna holds one hand up as if to support the mountain Govardhan.
In order to serve the needs of devotees, local artists have produced fine paintings on paper and cloth. These are known as pecchavais and depict the enshrined god being worshipped, or surrounded by cows and gopis in his forest setting.

Rudra Mahalaya Temple, 12th century
Constructed by the Solanki ruler Jayasimha (1094-1143), this was a magnificent multi-storey Shiva sanctuary with eleven subsidiary shrines. The mutilated fragments of the edifice reveal the remains of several of these shrines, as well as two porches and four columns of the principal temple. The ambitious scale of the project and its sumptuous ornamentation are still evident in these surviving portions. Incorporated into the adjoining mosque are several columns, ceilings and even a clustered tower from the original complex.
A short distance to the north is a well-preserved gateway with two high columns. Double brackets support an eave and an elaborate architrave fashioned as a triangular pediment. Makaras project outwards from the ends of the architrave. Throughout, the carving, now damaged, is exceptional for its deep cutting and exuberant detail.

Vishnu Temple, Kiradu, early l0th century
Only the central columns of the mandapa of this ruined temple still stand. These are richly carved with figures, now damaged, and foliate motifs; the brackets are adorned with supporting figures.


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