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Gopura in the Ranganatha Temple, Srirangam

Gopura in the Ranganatha Temple, Srirangam

Photographer: Nicholas and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1884

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2466)

Item number: 10032466

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a small gopura in the Ranganatha Temple, attributed to H.H. Cole in Bloch's list, but almost certainly one of the series of views taken for Cole by Nicholas & Co in 1884. The precise location within the temple is unspecified, but from its size it would appear to be at the entrance to one of the innermost enclosures of the complex. This Vaishnava complex is situated on the holy island of Srirangam in the Cauvery River. The building of the temple started in the Chola period but most of the temple was built between the 13th and the 17th centuries under the patronage of the Pandya, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. The temple covers an area of 63 hectares divided into 7 concentric enclosures with tall gateways or gopuras in the middle of four sides. The gopuras at Srirangam consist of pyramidal brick and plaster towers covered with bright coloured sculptures.

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