Close view of a fallen pillar, (?)Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a fallen pillar carved with figures and pilasters at Taramangalam in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. These pillars are probably from the Kailasanatha Temple which 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. The temple has a remarkable series of sculptures of tortoise, fish, monkeys and crocodiles carved on the walls and the granite roof.