Front view of Chennakesavasvami Temple, Sompalle, Madanapalle taluk, Cuddapah district
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Chennakesavasvami Temple at Sompalle, Madanapalle taluk, Cuddapah district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. This Hindu temple was built in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. In front of the unfinished pyramidal tower of the gateway stands a monolithic lamp-column 18 metres high. Its shaft is carved with scrollwork motif. The porch or mandapa before the shrine is very ornate; the columns are richly carved with figures of the divinities and the brackets have pendant buds.