Close view of sculptural details of base of gopura of the Narasimha Temple, Lower Ahobilam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Narasimha Temple, Lower Ahobilam, 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, seen in this view, 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. This is a view of the sculptural ornamentation on the base of the entrance gopura.