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Shrine of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara

Shrine of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple, Vijayanagara

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/13(1381)

Item number: 1381

Length: 21.1

Width: 26.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the shrine of the Malavanti Raghunatha Temple at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, c.1880. Vijayanagar, the City of Victory, was founded on the bank of the Tungabhadra River in the 14th century and was the capital of the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India until the defeat by the Muslim armies in 1565. The ruined structures of the town are divided into the sacred centre and the courtly structures of the royal centre. The Ragunatha temple dates from the 16th century and is situated to the east of the royal centre of Vijayanagara on the Malyavanta hill. It consists of two shrines and a columned mandapa or hall surrounded by high walls. This view shows the Rama shrine, which is built around a massive boulder and is carved with images of Rama and Sita.

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