Carved stone pillars of the mandapa of the Margasahayeshvara Temple, Virinchipuram
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the pillars at the corner of the mandapa or hall of the Marghabhandu Temple at Virinchipuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by an unknown photographer around 1870. Virinchipuram is a small town 12 km west of Vellore. The Marghabhandu or Margasahayeshvara Temple was built in the Aravidu style of Tamil Nadu in the 16th century. It has twin kalyana mandapas or halls. This is a view of three sculptured pillars; the pillar on the far left is carved with elongated colonettes, the other pillars have rearing yalis. Robert Sewell wrote in the Madras List of 1868, "The central shrine of the temple Margasahayesvara is said to have been built by a Chola Raja. Some of the mandapams are said to have been sculptured by the son of the artist that executed the carvings of the kalyana mandapam of the Vellore temple."