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Gokak. Temple near the falls. [Tateshwara Temple.]

Gokak. Temple near the falls. [Tateshwara Temple.]

Photographer: Biggs, Thomas

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1855

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(52)

Item number: 965152

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Tateshwara Temple near the Gokak Falls in Karnataka, taken by Thomas Biggs around 1855, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The Gokak Falls, near Belgaum, are created by the Ghataprabha river which takes a 170-ft leap over a sandstone cliff in a picturesque gorge with a horse-shoe shape. On the sides of the river are several temples dating from the period of the Later Chalukyas of Kalyana who ruled portions of the Deccan from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The Tateshwara temple is a Shiva temple on the south side of the falls. It faces north, an unusual orientation for Shiva temples. It has a sanctuary with a mandapa or hall. The outside walls of the closed hall are from recent times.

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