Entrance porch to mandapa, (?)Ramalingeshvara Temple, Tadpatri.
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance porch to the mandapa of the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Tadpatri in Andhra Pradesh, taken by a photographer of the Madras School of Industrial Arts around 1868, from theArchaeological Survey of India Collections. The Ramalingeshvara temple is situated on the right bank of the River Penner. It was built in the early 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. The temple is surrounded by an enclosure wall entered through large gateways or gopuras on the south, west and north. Although unfinished these gopuras are covered with elaborate carvings. These include friezes of jewels, scrollwork, miniature animals, figures of divinities, donors, maidens, guardians, multi-lobed arches and pilasters with pot bases. The piers of the open mandapa in this view are carved as rearing yalis, mythical animals, supporting elaborate brackets.