Colonnade of the second prakara of the Shiva Temple, Tiruvadi
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the façade of the double-storeyed colonnade of the temple enclosure of the Shiva Temple at Tiruvadi, taken by Alexander Rea around 1890 as part of the Archaeological Survey of India Collections: Indian Museum Series (Duplicates). A gopura is visible in the background. This great Shiva temple, known as Dakshina Kailasam, covers an area of fifteen acres and consists of five enclosures or prakarams and a seven-tiered tower or Rajagopuram. Many inscriptions were found in the temple, which relate it to rulers of the Chola, Pandya and other dynasties.