General view of the Adike Narayana Temple, Bhatkal
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Adike Narayana Temple at Bhatkal, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s-1890s. Bhatkal was a small town when Cousens visited, yet the large numbers of ruined temples found there, suggested to him that it had once been one of the most important religious centres in Maharashtra. The height of the town's importance appears to have been during the Vijayanagara period when most of its temples, called bastis, were built. At this point the town was a major trading centre, it's proximity to the coast ensuring it was well supplied with exotic goods. The Adike Narayana temple is a small rectangular temple with a flat stone-tiled roof. A stone railing forms a screen wall between the outer columns of the porch. These have carved panels. The entrance is flanked by animal balustrades, typical of Vijayanagara construction.