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Pillar details of Hanumkonda Temple

Pillar details of Hanumkonda Temple

Photographer: Dayal, Deen

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 430/6(42)

Item number: 42

Length: 26.5

Width: 19.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the details of a pillar in the Thousand Pillared Temple at Hanumkonda, in Andhra Pradesh, taken by Deen Dayal in the 1880s, part of the Curzon Collection: 'Views of HH the Nizam's Dominions, Hyderabad, Deccan, 1892'. Hanamkonda or Hanumakonda, near Warangal, was one of the capitals of the Kakatiya rulers in the 12th-13th centuries. The two cities were important political and artistic centres of the eastern Deccan. The Shiva temple seen in this view was built by king Rudradeva in 1163 and takes its name from another ruined mandapa with numerous columns of granite. It consists of three shrines dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu and Surya that are preceded by a columned mandapa or hall with a porch. The outer wall have moulded basements and wall niches, which have now lost their sculptures, covered by miniature temple towers. The shrines have lost their superstructures. The mandapa has sharply cut columns with multi-faceted shafts, like the one seen in this photograph. The doorways have cut-out lintels carved with figures of deities and makaras with scrollwork. A polished Nandi was once placed in front of the temple.

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