Carved figure in Tinnevelly [Tirunelveli] Pagoda. Colossal figure of Argunan [Arjuna]
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a carved figure at the Tirunelveli Temple in Tamil Nadu from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. The Tiruneveli temple is said to have been built by one of the Pandya Rajahs, probably in the 14th century, although there is debate as to the authenticity of that date. The temple is dedicated to Shiva, who is here worshipped under the name of Nellyapper, and the Goddess Kanthi Mathi Ammal. Of this photograph, Lyon wrote: 'Immediately in front of the sanctuary, but with their backs towards it, stand four colossal figures, about twenty feet high, and each carved out of one block of hornblend stone, now so hard...that to attempt to cut it, destroys all...chisels...'