Rathas or temple cars in front of the Madhukeshvara Temple, Banavasi
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of rathas or temple cars in front of the Madhukeshvara Temple at Banavasi, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Banavasi is situated in modern day Karnataka. The Madhukeshvara Temple is situated in the centre of a walled courtyard and faces east. It incorporates a pillared sanctuary and a large closed hall into its design, whilst an open hall ,built to a stepped plan, stands in the midst of the courtyard. There are two other temples in the area, to the north and south-west and these have open halls. Parts of the temples such as the entrance gates to the north and east date to Chalukya times however extensive renovation was undertaken during Vijayanagara times. The majority of the structure that is still extant dates to this period. Cousens reported at the time this photograph was taken: "Without the courtyard, and before the temple, stands a very large 'Jaganatha' car, and nearby are several small ones. These are all decorated and drawn in procession down a great broad street through the village on a certain day of the year, when the images from the temple are given their annual outing..."