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Carved stone pillars of mandapa of the Margasahayeshvara Temple, Virinchipuram 2593

Carved stone pillars of mandapa of the Margasahayeshvara Temple, Virinchipuram 2593

Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/26(2593)

Item number: 2593

Length: 26.7

Width: 22.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the mandapa of the Margasahayeshvara, or Marghabhandu Temple at Virinchipuram in Tamil Nadu, taken by a photographer of the Madras School of Industrial Arts in c.1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Virinchipuram is a small town 12 kilometres west of Vellore. The Marghabhandu Temple was built in the Aravidu style of Tamil Nadu in the 16th century. It has twin kalyana mandapas or halls which have piers sculpted with rearing yalis and riders on horseback. Robert Sewell wrote in the Madras List of 1868, "The central shrine of the temple Margasahayesvara is said to have been built by a Chola Raja. Some of the mandapams are said to have been sculptured by the son of the artist that executed the carvings of the kalyana mandapam of the Vellore temple..."

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