Close view of scrollwork ornamentation and other sculptural detail on the architrave of the entrance gopura of the Narasimha Temple, Ahobilam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the sculptural ornamentation on the entrance gopura of the Narasimha Temple at Ahobilam, Andhra Pradesh, taken by an unknown photographer in c.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 base of the entrance gateway, or gopura, carved with scenes from the Ramayana.