Base of a mandapa showing sculptural detail, (?)Venkataramana Temple, Tadpatri
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph is probably the base of a mandapa of the Venkataramana Temple at Tadpatri in Andhra Pradesh. It is from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections and was taken by the Madras School of Industrial Arts in c.1868. This temple complex was built during the Vijayanagara period in the mid-16th century. It is entered through a tall gopura in the middle of the east side of a rectangular colonnade. The main shrine, dedicated to Vishnu, is preceded by a closed mandapa with two porches. The outer walls are decorated with sculptures representing episodes from Krishna and Ramayana legends, set between pilasters.