General view of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Harnahalli
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Harnahalli taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Harnahalli dates from 1234 and is an example of the mature Hoysala style. The temple stands on a platform and consists of a sanctuary with projecting subsidiary shrines on three sides adjoining a mandapa laid out on a stellate plan. One central flight of steps lead to the doorway of the hall and two lateral flights of steps lead to the platform. They are flanked by a pair of miniature shrines. The outer walls are completely covered with carved friezes and panels in chlorite. The most intricate carving is towards the bottom of the walls, particular note should be made of two freizes, one depicting horses and the other, elephants. The pyramidal superstructure rising over the sanctuary is made of diminishing storeys of ornamented elements.