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Close view of head of monolithic statue of Narasimha, Vijayanagara

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…