Gopura and stambha of the Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam 2596
Photographer: Madras School of Industrial Arts
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the entrance gopura of the Kailasanatha Temple at Taramangalam, in Tamil Nadu, taken by a photographer of the Madras School of Industrial Arts in c.1868, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple bears inscriptions from the Hoysala, Pandya and Vijayanagar periods. Part of the temple existed as early as 1260 but the majority was built in the first half of the 17th century. The temple consists of many enclosures or prakarams, entered through a pyramidal gopura, a five tiered gateway covered with stucco figures of the various divinities. This view shows the gopura with a stambha or pillar in the foreground.
The temple is renowned for the remarkable sculptures from the epic of the Ramayana and the figures of tortoise, fish, monkeys and crocodiles carved on the walls and the granite roof.