General view of the Mallikarjuna Temple, Kuruvatti
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mallikarjuna Temple at Kuruvatti, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. This temple was built in the late Chalukya style towards the end of the 10th century. It faces east and consists of a sanctuary with a closed hall with three entrances. The columns throughout the temple are beautifully carved, those on the outside are thin and elegant whilst those on the inside are lathe turned and are finely carved. The sculptured wall-panels that decorate the exterior are very finely executed. Niches in between pilasters are covered by miniature temple towers. The roof is multi-storeyed. The central entrance into the hall is famous for its female bracket figures with foliage in the background. They are carved in soapstone with extraordinary details and are situated on the side of the door frame. A large Nandi faces the hall doorway.