Tank and small gopura in the Jalakanteshvara Temple, Vellore
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the tank and a small gopura of the Jalakanteshvara Temple at Vellore in Tamil Nadu, taken by an unknown photographer in c.1870, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The Jalankanteshvara Temple is built in the Vijayanagara style and dates from the 16th century. The complex is enclosed by high walls and is entered on the south through a tall gopura. Another smaller gopura, also on the south, leads to the inner enclosure, within which stands the main temple. The temple is renowned for the magnificent carvings on the pillars of the kalyana mandapa which are fashioned as rearing lions, horses with riders, yalis and and other mythical beasts.