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Front gopura, Chintalrayasvami Temple, Tadpatri, Anantapur District

Front gopura, Chintalrayasvami Temple, Tadpatri, Anantapur District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1894

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/2(281)

Item number: 281

Length: 17.7

Width: 21.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Chintala Venkataramana Temple in Tadpatri, Andhra Pradesh taken by an unknown photographer for the Archaeological Survey of India, c. 1894-95. The Venkataramana Temple complex was built in the mid-16th century during the Vijayanagara period. It is entered through a tall gopura on the east side of a rectangular colonnade. The outer walls of the main temple, dedicated to Vishnu, and the mandapa with two porches are decorated with sculptures set between pilasters, representing episodes from the Krishna and Ramayana legends as well as rearing mythical animals with riders and female devotees carved in the round. The stone chariot situated in front of the temple is a shrine dedicated to Garuda. It has a pyramidal roof and pilastered walls with stone wheels carved with lotus motifs. This view is of the lower portion of the gopura.

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