Pillar in a temple, Hemakuta Hill, Vijayanagara
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a pillar from a temple on the Hemakuta Hill at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, 1880. On the Hemakuta hill, overlooking the village of Hampi, the nucleus of Vijayanagara's sacred centre, there are some small temples. They were built at the beginning of the 14th century in a pre-Vijayanagara style. They are double and triple-shrined and open off a common mandapa or hall. The outer walls have no decorations apart from horizontal band and the basements have sharply cut mouldings. They have pyramidal roofs with horizontal layers. The interiors are plain. This view shows a column from a bayed porch.