Triple-shrined temple on the Hemakuta Hill, Vijayanagara
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of one of the triple-shrined or 'tri-kuta' temples on the Hemakuta Hill at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. These shrines are situated on the Hemakuta hill, sacred to cult of Shiva, which overlooks the village of Hampi, the nucleus of Vijayanagara's sacred centre. They were built at the beginning of the 14th century in a pre-Vijayanagara style. The three shrines open off a common mandapa or hall. The outer walls have no decorations apart from a horizontal band and the basements have sharply cut mouldings. These shrines have granite pyramidal roofs.