Avadea Covill [Avadaiyarkoil]. Carved pillar in front of porch 21248
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Avudaiyarkoil Temple from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. Avudaiyarkoil is approximately 45 km south-east of Pudukottai in Tamil Nadu. The Nayanar poet-saint Manickavasagar is believed to have founded the temple in the 8th century under the Pandyan dynasty, but its present form mostly dates to the 17th century. The temple is noted for its granite roof-work and is dedicated to the worship of Shiva. The carved pillar in this photograph is a representation of Subramanya, with his vahana (vehicle), the peacock.