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The Great Temple at Harihar, Chitradurga District

The Great Temple at Harihar, Chitradurga District

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/26(2567)

Item number: 2657

Length: 23.7

Width: 28.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Harihareshvara Temple at Harihar, with large inscription slabs standing in foreground, taken by Henry Dixon around 1868. The town of Harihar is situated on the right bank of the Thungabhadra river. The Harihareshvara temple is located in a large compound which includes the main temple and several small temples. Outside the temple there are many inscription slabs. It seems that the temple replaced another in the reign of the Hoysala ruler Narasimha II, so it was built around AD 1225. The sanctuary faces east and is preceded by a closed hall with two side entrances and porches and an open hall, built on a stepped plan. The superstructure of the sanctuary is a recent addition. The parapet-walls of the porches are decorated with very fine carvings of small sculptures of gods. The great open hall has heavy bell pillars and its parapet is carved with figures of musicians and dancers. Within the shrine there is an image of Harihara, a divinity that represents both Shiva and Vishnu.

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