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Mandapa of the large Nandi, Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid

Mandapa of the large Nandi, Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/24(2323)

Item number: 2323

Length: 23.4

Width: 29.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the open-sided Nandi pavilion at the south-east corner of the Hoysaleshvara temple from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series (volume 24: 'a' numbers), taken by Henry Dixon in the 1860s. This temple dates from the mid-12th century and represents the climax of the Hoysala style. The complex is sacred to Nataraja, the dancing Shiva and consists of two identical temples with sanctuaries and two pillared halls or mandapas built on a stepped plan. The superstructures are no longer standing. In front of each mandapas there is a Nandi pavilion with lathe-turned columns housing the bull sacred to Shiva. The temple is renowned for the extraordinary richness of its sculptural ornamentation.

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