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Hurulhullee. A temple. [Sculptured facade of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Harnahalli.]

Hurulhullee. A temple. [Sculptured facade of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Harnahalli.]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(33)

Item number: 965133

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Harnahalli in Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou, c. 1856, part of 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The Hoysalas were a dynasty which ruled in the southern Deccan from the early 12th to the mid-14th century. Renowned temple builders, the Hoysalas have left a rich legacy of temples, particularly at the sites of Belur and Halebid, which were formerly their capitals. The name of the dynasty refers to the legend about its founder, a local chieftain named Sala. When faced with a tiger, he did not back down but spurred by the cry 'hoy, Sala!' or 'strike, Sala!', he killed it single-handed. The Vaishnava Lakshmi Narasimha Temple at Harnahalli dates from 1234 AD and is an example of the mature Hoysala style. Characteristics of the style are multi-shrined complexes on star-shaped plans, built on tiered platforms which echo the shapes of the structures they support, bands of sculptural friezes with the stone carved as delicately as sandalwood and ivory, lathe-turned columns and perforated stone screens.

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