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Bunkapoor. Porch of a ruined temple. [Arvattukhambada Temple, Bankapur.]

Bunkapoor. Porch of a ruined temple. [Arvattukhambada Temple, Bankapur.]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(47)

Item number: 965147

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the ruined Arvattukhambada Temple at Bankapur in the Dharwar district of Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou in c.1857, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. It was described by Henry Cousens, 'Fine, large old temple of Rangasvami, usually called Arvattukhambada-basti or temple of sixty columns, partially ruined, and a good deal buried in rubbish.' The name of the temple, "Sixty-pillared", refers to its open mandapa or hall. The temple, dedicated to Vishnu as Ranganatha, has a sanctuary, which has lost its tower, a closed hall and two large porches. The open mandapa or hall is an impressive late Chalukya (c. 12th century) structure. It has a low parapet wall and an overhanging eave.

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