Mandapa of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara 1385
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the mandapa of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer around 1880. The temple stands on the Malyavanta Hill, which is linked with the Ramayana epic. It is dated to the 16th century of the Tuluva dynasty of Vijayanagar. It consists of two shrines and a columned mandapa or hall surrounded by high walls. It is entered through two towered gopuras. The walls of the principal sanctuary are attached to the large natural boulder on which are carved images of Rama and Sita. This view shows the mandapa which stands on tall and slender pillars carved with Vaishnava motifs.