Entrance to basement storey of the Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance of the Kailasanatha Temple at Taramangalam in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple, dedicated to Shiva, bears inscriptions from the Hoysala, Pandya and Vijayanagar periods. Part of the temple existed as early as 1260 but the majority was built in the first half of the 17th century. The temple consists of many enclosures or prakarams, entered through a pyramidal gopura, a five tiered gateway covered with stucco figures of the various divinities. This view shows the steps, flanked by stone elephants, leading up to the entrance of the gopura.