North-east view of Chennakesavasvami Temple, Sompalle, Madanapalle taluk, Cuddapah district
Photographer: Archaeological survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Chennakesavasvami Temple at Somapalem, Cuddapah district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. This Hindu temple was built in the 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. In front of the unfinished pyramidal tower of the gateway stands a monolithic lamp-column 18 metres high. Its shaft is carved with scrollwork motif. Inside the enclosure the mandapa or hall that precedes the main Vishnu shrine has an overhanging double-curved eave with a brick and plaster parapet above. The columns are richly carved with figures of the divinities and the brackets have pendant buds. The beams have painted medallions and friezes.The interior of the temple is very ornate and has preserved traces of paintings depicting episodes from the Ramayana epic.