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Tarputry [Tadpatri]. The new temple [Venkataramana Temple]. Stone car and porches around.

Tarputry [Tadpatri]. The new temple [Venkataramana Temple]. Stone car and porches around.

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/7(28)

Item number: 212728

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple chariot and mandapa of the Venkataramana Temple at Tadpatri, Andhra Pradesh from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. The Venkataramana Temple complex was built in the mid-16th century during the Vijayanagara period. It is entered through a tall gopura on the east side of a rectangular colonnade. The outer walls of the main temple, dedicated to Vishnu, and the mandapa with two porches are decorated with sculptures set between pilasters, representing episodes from the Krishna and Ramayana legends as well as rearing mythical animals with riders and female devotees carved in the round. The stone chariot, represented in this photograph, is a shrine dedicated to Garuda. It has a pyramidal roof and pilastered walls with stone wheels carved with lotus motifs.

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