Hungul. Doorway of a detached temple. [Doorway of temple pavilion, Hangal.]
Photographer: Pigou, William Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the doorway of a temple at Hangal, taken by William Henry Pigou, c. 1856, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. Hangal is a small town south of Hubli in Karnataka. It attained significance under the Chalukyas of Kalyana who were the chief powers in the Deccan from the 10th to the 12th century, and was later a city of the Hoysalas who grew in power with the decline of the Chalukyas. The Hoysala style Bileshwara temple is situated to the south of Hangal. It consists of an incomplete sanctuary facing east with the outer walls decorated with temple towers. This view shows the doorframe with elaborately carved jambs. At the lower end of each there are five carved figures. The god of love, Kama or Manmatha is in the central projection, his spouse Rati is at his side with the goat-headed god Daksha, both flanked by attendants. The other carved decoration consists of diamond-shapes, square panels with serpents with intertwined tails, musicians and animals and foliage.