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North entrance to Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid

North entrance to Hoysalesvara Temple, Halebid

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/24(2327)

Item number: 2327

Length: 23.6

Width: 29

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the doorway, possibly the entrance on the north-east side near the smaller Nandi mandapa of the Hoysaleshvara Temple at Halebid 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. It is sacred to Nataraja, the dancing Shiva and consists of two sanctuaries and two pillared halls or mandapas built on a stepped plan. In front of each mandapas there is a Nandi pavilion. The chlorite basement of the walls of the sanctuaries and mandapas is decorated with friezes representing processions of elephants, lions, horsemen and scrollwork, makaras and geese. Above them, the jali or perforated stone screens, stand between columns turned on the lathe. Sculpture panels of the various divinities attended by musicians and maidens are set on the outer wall projections.

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