Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Vijeshwer Temple, Bijbehara

February 20th, 2016



The new temple built by Maharaja Ranbir Singh in 19th century.














Laxmivasudeva seated on Garuda
Probable 10th or 11the century
Siudmak however places it in 15th or 16th century
[which would mean Hindu sculptures were still getting made in late Islamic era of Kashmir?]







The pit Temple of Bijbehara.
Believed to be the original site of ancient Shiv temple of Bijbehara mentioned by Kalhana

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"Brashib" in Kashmiri or the Taurus.
A Lion actually.
John Siudmak calls it influenced by Gandhāra style and dated around 5th century A.D.
These form the earliest distinct Kashmiri style of sculptures.
A lot of material from Bijbehara was moved to SPS museum in around 1898 by Captain Godfrey.

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