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100 pillar Muntapum nearer Conjiveram.

100 pillar Muntapum nearer Conjiveram.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 27/(46)

Item number: 2746

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of mandapam in the Varadaraja Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram, from the album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s. The Varadaraja Perumal is the principal Vaishnava temple of Kanchipuram. It is situated in the heart of Vishnu Kanchi, east of Kanchipuram which represents the Vaishnava establishment of the town. The temple complex covers 20 acres and consists of five enclosures. It was expanded vastly during the Chola patronage in the 12th century and later came under the Vijayanagara rulers who added the two tall gopuras and many halls and pillared verandahs. The large pillared hall in this view dates from the late Vijayanagara period. The columns are elaborately carved with figures from the Vaishnava iconography, yalis, rampant horsemen and warriors. The peripheral columns are covered by a double curved eave with stone chains used to hang lamps.

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