This temple is dedicated to Vishnu in his form as Vamana (the dwarf). It is located in the Eastern group near the Jain temples; according to the ASI sign it dates from 1075 CE. It has a sanctum, a vestibule, a mahamandapa with transepts, and an entrance porch.
|Here's a front perspective on the Vamana
temple, complete with the scaffolding used to support the workers cleaning the
I didn't take a lot of pictures here, partly because I had been simply overwhelmed by the earlier temples, but also because my camera batteries were running down (and the "extra-strong" batteries that I bought in town didn't live up to that name).
One of the interesting features here is that the mandapa has an upper room--something apparently common in temples in western India.
Here too cleaning was taking place, and you can see the workers at upper right..
|Here is an ASI employee painstakingly cleaning
the temple's exterior, which he said happened every ten years. He
would slosh on a little bit of the cleaning solution from the plastic bucket in
his hand (the supply bucket is visible behind him), and then brush at the stone
with a fine wire brush. Since most of the temples are made of
sandstone--soft and susceptible to damage from many sources--the cleaning solution must be
fairly benign. Still, it is clearly laborious and painstaking work.
On to the Caturbhuj Temple Page
|Minor: Jagadamba, Chitragupta, Jain Temples, Duladeo, Vamana, Caturbhuj|
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Last modified 12 January 2006