Close view of sculptured pillar of the mandapa of the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a sculptured pillar in the mandapa of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jalankanteshvara Temple was built in the 16th century in the Vijayanagara style. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a tall gopura, or gateway. This imposing tower consists of six diminishing storeys; the first two storeys are decorated with mouldings and carvings. The kalyana mandapa is situated to the left of the enclosure 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.