Interior of mandapa of the Kaitabheshvara Temple, Annavatti
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the interior of the porch of the Kaitabheshvara Temple at Annavatti, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Annavatti is located in the modern state of Karnataka. The temple stands about half a mile to the north of the town and is an impressive, partly Chalukyan structure; therefore the earliest parts probably date to the eighth or ninth century. In 'The Ancient Monuments, Temples and Sculptures of India' of 1897 James Burgess wrote, "The village of Annavati...possess a fine large temple of Kaitabhesvara in the Chalukyan style, the mandapa of which is cruciform with 22 pillars on the screen wall and 16 more inside the area. The roof of this is much ruined but that of the shrine is entire." The hall of the temple is particularly lofty and incorporates a beautiful central panel. The temple is surrounded by a ditch on two sides indicating that it may have been fortified at one point.