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Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. South side of base of northern tower in detail

Tarputry [Tadpatri]. Temple in ruins near the river. South side of base of northern tower in detail

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/7(32)

Item number: 212732

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculptural detail at the base of the north gopura of the Ramalingeshvara 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 Ramalingeshvara temple is situated on the right bank of the River Penner. It was built in the early 16th century during the Vijayanagara period. The temple is surrounded by an enclosure wall entered through large gateways or gopuras on the south, west and north sides. Although unfinished these gopuras are covered with elaborate carvings consisting of architectural elements, such as niches covered by miniature temple towers and pilasters standing in pots. There are also sculptures representing figures of divinities, donors, maidens and rearing animals with riders as well as friezes, scrollwork, miniature animals and birds. Of this photograph, Lyon wrote, 'All the sculptures refer to Shiva and his worship. In the centre, at the top, is the god rejoicing over the fall of Tripurasura, and flanked on each side by a statue of an ascetic. Below are Ganesa and Kartikya, the two most famous sons of Siva. The beautiful foliation of the three lower niches is very remarkable...'

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