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View of the mandapa in the courtyard of the Someshvara Temple, Kolar

View of the mandapa in the courtyard of the Someshvara Temple, Kolar

Photographer: Dixon, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1865

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/23(2295a)

Item number: 2295a

Length: 23

Width: 27.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the mandapa of the Someshvara Temple at Kolar from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: India Office Series, taken by Henry Dixon in 1868. This compound was built under the Gowdas rulers of Karnataka, probably in the early 17th century. The sanctuary with a passageway is preceded by an enclosed mandapa or hall. An open mandapa has a central hall with piers carved with yalis and riders, as can be seen in this view. There is also a kalyana mandapa with fine carvings. The outer walls of the sanctuary are decorated with carved figures set in between pairs of pilasters.

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