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South-west view, Muktesvara Temple, Great Conjeeveram, Chingleput District

South-west view, Muktesvara Temple, Great Conjeeveram, Chingleput District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1900

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/5(406)

Item number: 406

Length: 24

Width: 19.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Mukteshvara Temple at Kanchipuram, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01. The holy Hindu town of Kanchipuram was the Pallava capital in the 7th and 8th centuries. The Mukteshvara Temple (mid-8th century) has a small square sanctuary is covered by a pyramidal tower capped by a domed roof and is preceded by a columned mandapa. The columns at the entrance of the mandapa have seated lions at the base. The outer walls are decorated with carved panels with Shaiva figures and rearing yalis.

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