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Entrance porch and part of Mandapa of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara.

Entrance porch and part of Mandapa of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/13(1383)

Item number: 1383

Length: 17.5

Width: 23.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the entrance porch and part of the mandapa of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer around 1880. The temple stands on the Malyavanta Hill, which is linked with the Ramayana epic. It 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. This view shows the entrance porch and part of the mandapa which stands on tall and slender pillars carved with Vaishnava motifs. The mandapa and the porch are covered by a deeply overhanging eave.

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