Corridor 700 feet long, splendid granite temple of Ramisseram, Paumben Island, So. India
Photographer: Ricalton, James
Medium: Photographic print
Stereoscopic photograph of a corridor in the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by James Ricalton in c. 1903, from The Underwood Travel Library: Stereoscopic Views of India. This temple is situated on the sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram, connected to the mainland by a causeway. The site is believed to be related to the story of Rama of the Ramayana epic. It was founded during the Chola period but belongs mostly to the Nayaka period of the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex is contained within high walls entered through tall towered gopuras on three sides. These gateways lead to an exceptionally long colonnade that surrounds the intermediate enclosure. The colonnade has over 4000 carved granite pillars and measures 205 m (671 ft) on the north and south sides. This is a view of one side of the colonnade with its sculpted pillars. One of a series of 100 photographs, designed to be viewed through a special binocular viewer, producing a 3D effect, which were sold together with a book of descriptions and a map. Stereoscopic cameras, those with two lenses and the ability to take two photographs at the same time, were introduced in the mid 19th century.