Temple at Nunjingode [Nanjagud], Mysore
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the temple at Nanjagud in Karnataka, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1860s, from the Photograph album of Major General Jackson Muspratt Muspratt-Williams.
The photograph shows the multi-storeyed pyramidal gopura or entrance gateway to the temple. The storeys are decorated with mouldings and architectural elements and end in a barrel vaulted roof with arched ends. The style of architecture is typical of theone that developped in Karnataka in the sixteenth century. From this period onwards entrance gateways became the dominant feature of the religious complexes. These monumental compositions consist of a granite basements finely carved and pyramidal towers decorated with fully modelled plaster sculptures.