Close view of portion of wall of Sabhapati Shrine of the Nageshvara Temple, Kumbakonam 10032414
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Sabhapati Shrine of the Nageshvara Temple at Kumbakonam, taken by Alexander Rea around 1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu, was an important centre during the 9th to 13th centuries under the Chola dynasty. There are fifteen temples in the town dedicated both to Shiva and Vishnu. The Nageshwara Temple was erected in AD 886 during the Chola period, with later additions. The temple is situated in a courtyard entered through gopuras, or pyramidal towers, covered in sculptures, typical of the late Chola style. This view shows a carved wheel with spokes in the form of miniature figures and a sculpture of a prancing horse on the wall of the shrine dedicated to Nataraja.