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Mundapum, with facade of carved stone horses [at Srirangam].

Mundapum, with facade of carved stone horses [at Srirangam].

Photographer: Bourne, Samuel

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1869

Shelfmark: Photo 11/(35)

Item number: 1135

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Ranganatha Temple, taken by Samuel Bourne in 1869. This view shows part of the Ranganatha Temple, a sacred Vaishnava complex situated on the holy island of Srirangam in the Kaveri River. The temple was commenced in the Chola period but most of the works were carried out from the 13th to the 17th century under the patronage of the Pandya, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. The temple covers an area of 63 hectares divided into 7 concentric enclosures entered through gateways or gopuras. The row of pillars richly carved in the form of rearing horses is situated on the fa├žade of the Sheshagirirayar mandapa and belongs to the 16th century.

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