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Brindavan. Govinda Deva Temple, 16th Century

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Title: Brindavan. Govinda Deva Temple, 16th Century
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Rajasthan-- Architecture;architecture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Erected by Man Singth of Jaipur, in 1590, and transformed into a mosque by Aurangzeb. Only the porch and cruciform mandapa remain today. It is rare in that the construction used the true vault, since the Indians knew only the corbelled or false vault. It measures about 112' by 102'. It is a two-storey building, surmounted by a terrace. The vault, resting on the four arms of the cross, is plain and undecorated and closely resembles a Gothic vault. The only other Indian temple which has this feature is a few miles away, and was built by king Bhagvandas of Amber during the reign of the Emperor Akbar. The latter used foreign artists, and one wonders whether this temple was in fact the work of an Indian Artist.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1250


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