Close view of carved pillars at entrance to south porch of the Dodda Basappa Temple, Dambal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the carved pillars in the south porch of the Dodda Basappa temple at Dambal, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Dodda Basappa (Great Nandi) Temple is a Late Chalukya temple from the12th Century. It is built on a stellar plan with many angled projections. The sanctuary is covered by a multi-storey roof. The walls are decorated with pilasters and miniature temple towers in relief. The columns of the mandapa and of the sanctuary are similar to those of the Hoysala temples, polished and lathe-turned. In the porch at the eastern end of the temple there is a stone Nandi which gives the temple its name.