Details of main shrine, Chintalarayasvami Temple [Venkataramana Temple], Tadpatri, Anantapur District
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
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.