Close view of figure of Ganga at base of pillar of the gopura of the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore 2592
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the base of the gopura of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore, 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, or gateway. 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 are enlivened with sculptures of rearing lions, yalis, horses with riders and other mythical beasts. This is a view of a figure of Ganga standing on her vehicle, the aquatic monster makara, carved on a pillar on the lower storey of the gopura.