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Corridor in Temple [Madurai]

Corridor in Temple [Madurai]

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 807/1(28)

Item number: 807128

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The temple is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Minakshi, an ancient local divinity. The construction of this temple-town was under the authority of Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). The rectangular precinct covers 6 hectares and has 11 huge towers and 4 entrance gopurams. Inside this enclosure there are columned mandapas, tanks, shrines and the two shrines dedicated to Shiva and Minakshi. This is a view of a corridor with monolithic granite carved columns, some in the form of yalis, who bear on their shoulders the corbelled roof structure.

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