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The east entrance gopura, Varadarajaperumal Temple, Conjeeveram

The east entrance gopura, Varadarajaperumal Temple, Conjeeveram

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/3(320)

Item number: 320

Length: 21

Width: 25.5

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the east entrance gopura of the Varadarajaperumal Temple at Kanchipuram from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Madras, 1896-98. This temple is situated in the heart of Vishnu Kanchi, east of Kanchipuram which represents the Vaishnava establishment of the town. The temple was expanded vastly during the Chola patronage in the12th century and later came under the Vijayanagara patronage when the two tall gateways called gopuras and many halls and pillared verandahs were added. These pyramidal gopuras consist of diminishing storeys completely covered of sculptures and architectural decorations. The temple complex covers 20 acres and consists of five enclosures.

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