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Temple at Somnath-pur 51224

Temple at Somnath-pur 51224

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 512/(24)

Item number: 51224

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Keshava Temple at Somnathpur, completed in 1268. This temple is one of the best preserved of the temples built in the Hoysala period. The temple is dedicated to Keshava, the god Vishnu under his three aspects and consists of three shrines approached through a columned mandapa. On the outer walls of the temple, at the lower levels, there are friezes with elephants, horses, makaras, geese and foliated scrolls. A procession of gods richly encrusted with jewels and ornaments is set in the various projections of the walls created by the stellate plan of the sanctuaries. Above the panels, pilasters support miniature towers and an angled eave with a fringe projects above. This photograph shows part of the arcade running along the south side of the temple and the low tower covered with sculptures representing Vaishnava themes.

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