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General view of the Dodda Basappa (Great Nandi) Temple, Dambal

General view of the Dodda Basappa (Great Nandi) Temple, Dambal

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1907)

Item number: 10031907

Length: 208

Width: 258

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Dodda Basappa Temple at Dambal taken by Henry Cousens in the1880s. The Dodda Basappa Temple was built in the12th Century in the Late Chalukya style. It is built on a stellate plan with many angle projections. The walls are decorated with pilasters and miniature temple towers carved in relief. The sanctuary is covered by a multi-storey roof. The columns of the mandapa and the sanctuary are similar to those of the Hoysala temples, polished and lathe-turned. A large stone Nandi after which the temple is named is situated in the porch at the eastern end of the temple. This side view shows the temple shikara at the left, the mandapa and south entrance porch at the right.

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