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Temple at Tinnevelly

Temple at Tinnevelly

Artist: Anonymous

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1784

Shelfmark: WD637

Item number: 637

Length: 20

Width: 25

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Drawing

Water-colour drawing of a small temple near Tirunelveli from the Mackenzie Collection. Inscribed on back in ink: 'View of a Hindu Temple supposed in Tinnevelly.'

The city of Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu, which was once the capital of the Pandyas, is located on the west bank of the Tamraparni river. The town is famous for the Kanthimathi Nellaiyappar Shiva temple after which the city is named. Inside this large temple complex there are the golden lily tank, the thousand-pillared hall which has some remarkable sculptures and the musical pillars which produce different musical notes when struck.

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