General view of the two-storeyed temple or mandapa at Ramreswaram
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. The sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram, connected to the mainland by a causeway, is believed to be related to the story of Rama of the Ramayana epic. The temple complex at Rameswaram was founded during the Chola period but belongs mostly to the Nayaka period of the 17th and 18th centuries. This is a view looking up the hillside towards a small temple with two storeys near the Ramalingeshvara Temple. According to tradition it was here that Hanuman came, in order to get a better view of Lanka; it is also the place where Rama, on his return, harangued his monkey hosts and prepared for battle.