Close view of pillar with sculptured figure from the Pudu Mandapa, Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai. 10032313
Photographer: Nicholas and Company
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a close view of a pillar from the Pudu Mandapa at the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple in Madurai from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections, taken by Nicholas and company in c.1882. The temple compound at Madurai was largely constructed under the patronage of one of the many powerful Nayaka rulers, Tirumala (1623-60). The temple is dedicated to Minakshi is a local fertility goddess who fought a battle against Shiva and then married him. The Pudu Mandapa is a long hall containing pillars displaying carved yalis, mythical animals, half lion and half elephant and sculptures of the Nayaka rulers and their ministers.