General view of the gopura of the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the gopura of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jalankanteshvara Temple is built in the Vijayanagara style and dates from the 16th century. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a six storey gopura, or gateway; the first two storeys are decorated with mouldings and carvings. This view shows the carvings on the lower storeys which comprise slender pilasters, some standing in pots, and niches, once filled with sculptures. The kalyana mandapa is situated to the left of the enclosure and contains some of the finest carved pillars of the Vijayanagara period. The outer pillars are fashioned as rearing lions, horses with riders, yalis and other mythical beasts.