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Carved pillars in a courtyard of the Ranganatha temple, Srirangam.

Carved pillars in a courtyard of the Ranganatha temple, Srirangam.

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1860

Shelfmark: Photo 27/(43)

Item number: 2743

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the pillars in the Ranganatha Temple, from the Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s. The Ranganatha Temple is a sacred Vaishnava complex situated on the holy island of Srirangam. The building of the temple started in the Chola period but most of the works were carried out from the 13th to the 17th century under the patronage of the Pandya, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. The temple covers an area of 63 hectares divided into 7 concentric enclosures with tall gateways or gopuras in the middle of four sides. The outer pillars are carved in full relief as rearing horses and mythical animals all extremely detailed.

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