View of the temples amid the rocks at Mugbagal, near Kolar (Mysore). 24 April 1792
Artist: Daniell, Thomas (1749-1840)
Medium: Pencil on paper
Pencil drawing by Thomas and William Daniell of the view of the temples in the rocks at Mugbagal, near Kolar, dated 24 April 1792. Inscribed on back in ink: '148. At Mugwaukul. Apl 24. 1792'; in pencil: 'No.' '9.'
The Kolar district in Karnataka is bounded by Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and possesses numerous temples built by the various dynasties that ruled the region. The Banas and Gangas ruled until the ninth century until the Cholas took control in around AD 1000. The region later passed into the hands of the Hoysalas and the Vijayanagara rulers, followed by the Deccan rulers of Bijapur and the Mysore Wodeyars. The temples at Mulbagal are dedicated to Someshwara and date to the fourteenth-century Vijayanagara period.