Side entrance to Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore 2717
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the side entrance to the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870. The Jalankanteshvara Temple was built in 16th century in the Vijayanagara style. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a tall gopura with six diminishing storeys. The wall of the gopura entrance in this view is decorated with mouldings and ornate pilasters in pots, and niches, which have now lost their sculptures. The temple is renowned for the magnificent carvings on the pillars of the kalyana mandapa, representing various mythical beasts.