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Ganesh Temple, monolith [Mamallapuram]

Ganesh Temple, monolith [Mamallapuram]

Photographer: Nicholas and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 472/1(28)

Item number: 472128

Genre: Photograph

Photograph taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1870s, showing the Ganesha Ratha at Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) in Tamil Nadu. The monolithic temple is built on a rectangular plan and has a barrel-vaulted superstructure with arched ends and pot and trident finials. It has a columned verandah with figures of guardians on either side. The columns with a seated lion at the base are typical of the Pallava style. Most of the temples and art at this site are ascribed to the reign of the Pallava king Narasimhavarman I (ruled 630-about 668 AD), from whose title of Great Wrestler or Mahamalla the place derives its name. The Ganesha Ratha can be dated to the late 7th century, it has an inscription by the grandson of Mahamalla, Parameshvaravarman I.

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