General view of tank with unidentified temple beyond, Rameswaram.
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the tank and a temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is situated on the sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram, connected to the mainland by a causeway. The site is believed to be related to the story of Rama of the Ramayana epic; the place where Rama worshipped Shiva after coming from Sri Lanka following the killing of Ravana. 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 tall towered gopuras, or gateways, on three sides. These gateways lead to an exceptionally long colonnade that surrounds the intermediate enclosure. The tank is situated inside the colonnade on the west side; the temple beyond is unidentified.