Gopura of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The temple stands on the Malyavanta Hill, which is linked with the Ramayana epic. It is dated to the 16th century of the Tuluva dynasty of Vijayanagar. It consists of two shrines and a columned mandapa or hall surrounded by high walls. It is entered through two towered gopuras. The walls of the principal sanctuary are attached to the large natural boulder on which are carved images of Rama and Sita. The large entrance gopura, seen in this view, is a rectangular structure covered by a rising tower more than 16 metres high. The diminishing but ascending storeys support a barrel-vaulted roof with arched ends decorated with exuberant plaster decoration such as makaras with upturned heads, rows of geese and yali heads with protruding eyes.