General view of small temple north-east of the Tarakeshvara Temple, Hangal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Ganesha Temple north-east of the Tarakeshvara Temple at Hangal, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Hangal is a small town south of Hubli in Karnataka. During the 12th century it was ruled by the Chalukya and in the next century the region came under Hoysala rule. The Tarakeshvara Temple is a sizable Chalukya temple (ca. AD 1050) with a large open porch. The Ganesa Temple is situated to the north of it and the two temples form two parts of a single complex. It is built on a stepped plan and consists of a shrine with a square open hall and it faces the south. The curvilinear tower, with clusters of miniature towers, is unusual as it is typical of North Indian style of architecture. The open hall has carved parapet-wall and over this a mass of concrete to contain the loose architectural components.