Click here to skip to content

A view of the tank from the east, Ekambreswaraswami Temple, Conjeevaram

A view of the tank from the east, Ekambreswaraswami Temple, Conjeevaram

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1897

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/3(325)

Item number: 325

Length: 21.1

Width: 25.6

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the tank in the Ekambreswaraswami Temple at Kanchipuram , from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections:Madras, 1896-98. This is the largest and most important Shaiva temple of Kanchipuram which dates mostly from the 16th-17th centuries. It is entered through a very tall pyramidal gateway or gopura almost 60 metres high, erected in 1509 by the Vijayanagara king Krishna deva Raya and covered with sculptural ornamentation. Two smaller gopuras on the south and west lead into the inner enclosure. Here is the "thousand pillared hall" with elaborately carved columns. The hall faces a tank with stepped sides in the north. The small pavilion in the middle of the tank symbolises the centre of the universe surrounded by the primordial waters.

Search within this collection

Elsewhere on our websites

Newsletter

Latest events - register free online

Mobile app

For iPhone, iPad and Android

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Report a Concern

What is the nature of your concern?

Email link to a friend

Write a brief note to accompany the email

Your friend's email address: