Interior of the mandapa looking towards the entrance to the linga shrine, Santeshvara Temple, Tillivalli
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the mandapa at the Santeshvara Temple, Tillivalli, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Cousens described it in his book, 'The Chalukyan architecture of the Kanarese districts' (A.S.I., vol. XLII, New Imperial Series, Calcutta, 1926), p. 99: ''The temple of Santesvara...is in the middle of the village. It has comparatively little figure sculpture about it, but it is fully decorated with other ornament. The outer side of the parapet wall [seen in foreground of this view] around the hall, like that at Bankapur, is very effectively decorated with an endless repetition of miniature shikaras. The three porches of the hall have rather pretty ceilings with very elegant rosette centres. The interior, unlike that at Anavatti, is very low, and this makes it dark and gloomy and rather depressing.'' Scattered around the temple are a number of inscription slabs.