Close view of sculptured pillars on the edge of the mandapa of the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of three piers of the mandapa or hall of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore, in Tamil Nadu, taken by a photographer of the Madras School of Industrial Arts around 1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jalankanteshvara Temple is built in the Vijayanagara style and dates from the 16th century. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a tall gopura. Inside the outer enclosure, to the left, is the kalyana mandapa whose pillars have some of the finest carvings of the Vijayanagara period. The outer pillars, such as those seen in this view, are enlivened with sculptures of rearing lions, yalis, horses with riders and other mythical beasts. The main temple consists of a linga shrine to the west and a Nataraja shrine to the north.