Entrance gopura of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara 1378
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the southern entrance gopura of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880. The temple stands on the Malyavanta Hill, which is linked with the Ramayana epic; while Hanuman went to search for Sita, it is said that Rama stayed at Malyavanta Hill. The temple is dated to the 16th century of the Tuluva dynasty of Vijayanagar. It consists of two shrines and a columned mandapa or hall surrounded by high walls. It is entered through two towered gopuras. The walls of the principal sanctuary are attached to the large natural boulder on which are carved images of Rama and Sita. The large pyramidal entrance gopura, seen in this view, has diminishing but ascending storeys supporting a barrel-vaulted roof. It is covered with stucco sculptures and architectural elements.