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Corner Pillar of Puthoo Mantapam, Temple at Madura, representing Iswara and Ravana

Corner Pillar of Puthoo Mantapam, Temple at Madura, representing Iswara and Ravana

Photographer: Unknown

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 807/1(30)

Item number: 807130

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a pillar in the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s. The Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple was built under the patronage of Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). The temple is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Minakshi. The complex is within a high-walled enclosure and has eleven huge towers and four entrance gopurams. Inside this enclosure there are columned mandapas, tanks, shrines and the two temples of Shiva and Minakshi. The Pudu Mandapa is situated in front of the east gopura and consists of a long hall with piers carved with yalis and portrait sculptures of the Nayaka rulers. This photograph is of a pillar that represents Ravana shaking the Kailasa mountain, the abode of Shiva and Parvati.

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