[Photo.13/(004)] Teli-ka-Mandir, Gwalior Fort

General view of the temple in the process of restoration, with sculptures displayed on plinths in the foreground. Reproduced as plate 40 in Sir Lepel Griffin, ‘Famous Monuments of Central India’ (London, [1886]): ‘Up to 1879 the Teli Mandir remained in a shameful state of neglect. It was covered from summit to basement with chuna and whitewash, the former being in the form of hard concrete with which the Muhammadans had bespattered it. To the circumstances of their adapting it for utilitarian purposes we owe perhaps its existence at the present day. Until I remonstrated, it was utilized by ourselves as a coffee-shop for the fort garrison … Through the kind intervention of Colonel Hawkins … the coffee shop was vacated, and since then I have been engaged in cleaning it and superintending several repairs made under the direction of Major Crowdy. It has been thoroughly cleaned inside and outside up to the horizontal bands. Around the building has been prepared, through the instrumentality of prison labour, an archaeological museum, and an attempt has been made to repair the vandalism of previous years. When the repairs to the cornice and porch are completed, a very remarkable building will have been rescued.’ (pp. 68-9).