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Modern granite shed inside of porch, being a support for the ruins, Vitthala Temple, Vijayanagara

Modern granite shed inside of porch, being a support for the ruins, Vitthala Temple, Vijayanagara

Photographer: Cole, Henry Hardy

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2203)

Item number: 10032203

Genre: Photograph

This print was taken in the 1880s for the Archaeological Survey of India. The photograph shows a modern granite shed inside a porch inserted to support the ruins of the Vitthala Temple at Vijayanagara. The caption taken from Bloch's list is suspect. The attribution of the photograph to Cole in Bloch's list is probably incorrect. The Vitthala Temple is one of the greatest monuments in Vijayanagara, now known as Hampi, in the modern-day state of Karnataka. It dates to the sixteenth century. The complex is set inside a rectangular court. The principal feature of the temple is the open mandapa with massive granite piers fashioned in clusters of colonnettes and as rearing animals and riders with composite brackets. The moulded basement is adorned with friezes of lions, elephants and horses and the access steps are flanked by elephants. The temple is approached through three elaborately carved multi-storey gopuras.

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