Mandapa, vimana and stambha of the Kailasanatha Temple, Taramangalam
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the mandapa, vimana and stambha of the Kailasanatha Temple at Taramangalam in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple bears inscriptions from the Hoysala, Pandya and Vijayanagar periods. Part of the temple existed as early as 1260 but the majority was built in the first half of the 17th century. This view looks across a court towards the verandah of a mandapa or hall, with a stambha or pillar in the foreground and the vimana or towered sanctuary in the background. The temple consists of many enclosures or prakarams, entered through a pyramidal gopura, a five tiered gateway covered with stucco figures of the various divinities. The outer pillars of the mandapa in this view are carved in high relief with rearing horses and riders and yalis. There are sculpted figures of monkeys on the overhanging eaves.