Interior view of Kalyana mandapam, Chennakesavasvami Temple, Sompalle, Madanapalle taluk, Cuddapah district
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Kalyana mandapam of the Chennakeshava Temple at Somapalem, Cuddapah district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. This Hindu temple was built in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. In front of the unfinished pyramidal tower of the gateway stands a carved monolithic lamp-column 18 metres high. The interior of the temple is very ornate. This view shows the richly-carved pavilion called kalyana mandapa in the south-west corner of the temple complex. The mandapa consists of four square columns raised on a platform decorated with friezes. The columns, the brackets and the doorways are covered of carved miniature figures, animals and scrollwork.