Close view of sculptured pillars on the edge of the mandapa of the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore.
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the outer piers of the mandapa of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jalankanteshvara Temple is built in the Vijayanagara style and dates from the 16th century. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a tall gopura, or gateway, which consists of six diminishing storeys. The first two storeys are decorated with mouldings and carvings. This gateway leads to the outer enclosure. The kalyana mandapa is situated to the left and contains some of the finest carved pillars of the Vijayanagara period. The outer pillars are fashioned as rearing lions, horses with riders, yalis and other mythical beasts.