Close view of carved work at base of gopura, Narasimha Temple, Ahobilam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the gopura or gateway of the Narasimha Temple, Ahobilam in Andhra Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer around 1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Ahobilam is an important Vaishnava pilgrimage site and the principal place of worship of Narasimha, the lion-man incarnation of Vishnu. There is a one temple complex in lower Ahobilam, seen in this view, and another in upper Ahobilam. The temples were begun by the Reddi rulers of the 14th century and later patronized by the Vijayanagara rulers in the late 15th and 16th centuries. The complex consists of nine shrines dedicated to the nine different forms of Narasimha. This is a view of sculptural details on the base of the entrance gateway, or gopura.