Carved stone pillars of mandapa of the Margasahayeshvara Temple, Virinchipuram 2714
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the carved pillars in the mandapa of the Marghabhandu Temple at Virinchipuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870. The Margasahayeshvara or Marghabhandu 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 middle pillar has a rearing yalis, and the pillar on the right has a horse and rider. 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."