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North-east view, Kailasanatha Temple, Great Conjeeveram, Chingleput District

North-east view, Kailasanatha Temple, Great Conjeeveram, Chingleput District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/5(393)

Item number: 393

Length: 23.1

Width: 28.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Print

Photograph of the Kailasanatha Temple from the the north-east, Chingleput District, Kanchipuram, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. The holy Hindu town of Kanchipuram was the Pallava capital in the 7th and 8th centuries. The great Kailasanatha Temple was built by the ruler Rajasimha at the beginning of the 8th century. It is dedicated to Shiva and faces east. The courtyard in which the temple is situated is surrounded by smaller shrines with pillars rising from the heads of rampant lions, typical of the Pallava style. The sanctuary enshrining the linga is covered by a pyramidal tower. In front of it stands a hypostile pavilion (mandapa) decorated with sculptures of lions and divinities. This leads to another hall before the cell surrounded by a circumambulatory passageway.

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