(Last Updated on : 12/09/2012)
Temple 17 at Sanchi is situated near the north-east corner of Temple 18 and stands on a low moulded basement. It consists of a flat-roofed square sanctum with a portico supported on four pillars in the front. It is a remarkable piece of Gupta architecture
, noted for its structural propriety, symmetry, logical proportions and restraint in ornamentation. The capital of the portico pillars bears four lions, each with two bodies. Between the lions, which are at corners, is a tree.
The door-jambs are decorated with vertical bands of foliate and rosette designs. Next to them are two pilasters with bell-shaped lotuses, their shafts similar to those of the pillars. The temple is presently without any image.
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