Carved pillars from a ruined mandapa in the Narasimha Temple, Ahobilam 2626
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined mandapa in the Narasimha Temple at Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1870s, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Ahobilam is an important Vaishnava pilgrimage site and the principal place of worship of Narasimha. There is a one temple complex in lower Ahobilam and another in upper Ahobilam. The temples were built in the late 15th and 16th centuries under the Vijayanagara rulers and consists of nine shrines dedicated to the nine different forms of Lord Narasimha, the lion-man incarnation of Vishnu. The granite piers of the ruined hall in this view are made of clusters of columns with carvings of divinities and rearing animals with riders.