Close view of base of a carved pillar inside the front mandapa of the Rama Temple, Kumbakonam
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved pillar inside the front mandapa of the Rama Temple, Kumbakonam, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Rama Temple in Kumbakonom dates to the 16th and 17th centuries. It is entered through a gopura of the Nayaka period that leads to a large columned mandapa or hall. The pillars are decorated with carvings in the Vijayanagara style of dancers, maidens and divine couples. The outer piers are carved as riders on rearing horses and yalis.