Close view of scroll ornamentation on the entrance gopura of the Narasimha Temple, Ahobilam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Narasimha Temple at Ahobilam, taken by an unknown photographer around the 1870s, 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 built in the late 15th and 16th centuries under the Vijayanagara rulers and consists of nine shrines dedicated to the nine different forms of Narasimha. This is a view of the inner face of the entrance gateway, or gopura, carved with scenes from the Ramayana.