Inside the Temple devotees seek darshan, which literally means "seeing." The image is supposed to bestow blessings upon devotees through the act of seeing. The doorway is flanked by temple guardians. Inside the temple, the principal deity is housed in a small sanctuary called the "womb-chamber" (garbhagriha) which signifies the kernel of the temple.
Photograph March 2000 © George P. Landow may be used without written permission for any educational purpose. Any commercial or other use requires prior written permisison from .
Vidya Dehijia, (ed), Devi. The Great Goddess. Female Divinity in South Asian Art. Washington, D.C., Arthur M. Shackler Gallery, 1999.
Last updated 16 October 2001.