Photograph of the monolithic statue of Narasimha
at Vijayanagara, from the Archaeological Survey of India
Collections taken by an unknown photographer around 1880. This huge
rock-cut sculpture, around 6.7 metres high, represents the lion-man
incarnation of Vishnu, seated beneath a multi-headed serpent. It
dates from 1528 and was donated by Krishnadeva Raya (r.1509-29).
Vijayanagar was founded on t…