Unidentified Cave Temple, Mamallapuram 10032217
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of an unidentified cave temple at Mamallapuram, Tamil Nadu, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Alexander Rea in the 1880s. Mamallapuram, a tiny village south of Madras, was a flourishing port of the Pallava dynasty during the 7th - 8th centuries. The site is famous for an early group of monolithic temples, known as the 'Pancha Ratha' and some monolithic sculptures assigned to the 7th century reign of Narasimhavarman Mahamalla (r.c.630-668). Along a granite hill are some rock-cut caves and the celebrated sculptured rock depicting Arjuna's penance. This photo shows an unidentified cave. The pillars of the portico have seated lions at the base, typical of the Pallava style.