Close view of entrance gopura of the Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Kailasanatha Temple at Taramangalam in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple, dedicated to Shiva, bears inscriptions from the Hoysala, Pandya and Vijayanagar periods. Part of the temple existed as early as 1260 but the majority was built in the first half of the 17th century. The temple consists of many enclosures or prakarams, entered through a pyramidal gopura, a five tiered gateway covered with stucco figures of the various divinities. This view shows the entrance at the base of the gopura. The temple has remarkable sculptures depiciting scenes from the Ramayana, and figures of tortoise, fish, monkeys and crocodiles carved on the walls and the granite roof.