Gopura and stambha of the Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam 2700
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the gopura and stambha of the Kailasanatha Temple at Taramangalam, near Salem in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple, dedicated to Shiva, 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 embellished with remarkable sculptures depicting scenes from the epic of the Ramayana, and tortoise, fish, monkeys and crocodiles carved on the walls and the granite roof.