Yali entrance to tank, Margasahayeshvara Temple, Virinchipuram
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved yali figure leading to a tank in the Marghabhandu Temple at Virinchipuram, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by an unknown photographer around 1870. The Margasahayeshvara or Marghabhandu Temple was built in the Aravidu style of Tamil Nadu in the 16th century. It has twin kalyana mandapas or halls. These have sculptured piers with rearing yalis and horses with riders alternating with elongated colonettes. Robert Sewell wrote in the Madras List of 1868, "The central shrine of the temple Margasahayesvara is said to have been built by a Chola Raja. Some of the mandapams are said to have been sculptured by the son of the artist that executed the carvings of the kalyana mandapam of the Vellore temple."