General view of the uncompleted south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram 10032334
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the uncompleted south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea around 1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is situated on the sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram believed to be related to the story of Rama of the Ramayana epic. It was founded during the Chola period but belongs mostly to the Nayaka period of the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex is contained within high walls entered through gopuras, or gateways, on the north, south and west sides. The gopuras are stone towers covered in sculptures that rise in a pyramidal shape and are crowned by a vaulted roof.