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Details of main shrine, Chintalarayasvami Temple [Venkataramana Temple], Tadpatri, Anantapur District

Details of main shrine, Chintalarayasvami Temple [Venkataramana Temple], Tadpatri, Anantapur District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1895

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/3(287)

Item number: 287

Length: 21.55

Width: 28

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the carvings of main shrine of the Venkataramana Temple at Tadpatri, Anantapur District, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1896-98. This complex was built during the Vijayanagara period in the mid-16th century. It is entered through a tall gopura in the middle of the east side of a rectangular colonnade. The main shrine, dedicated to Vishnu, is preceded by a closed mandapa with two porches. The outer walls are carved with sculptures depicting Krishna and illustrating episodes from the Ramayana legend, framed by slender pilasters with pot bases. A frieze of kirttimukhas (monster masks) decorates the beginning of the pyramidal tower.

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