Gateway. Seringam Pagodas
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the gopurams of the Ranganatha temple at Srirangam, taken by an unknown photographer in the 1880s, from an album of 62 views of India and Ceylon. The Ranganatha temple is a Vaishnava complex situated on the artificial island of Srirangam in the Cauvery River near Tiruchirapalli. The building of the temple started in the later Chola period in the early 11th century but muchof it was added on from the 13th to the 17th century under the patronage of the Pandya, Hoysala, Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. The temple, the largest such complex in south India, covers an area of 63 hectares divided into 7 concentric enclosures with tall gateways or gopurams in the middle of four sides. These gopurams are pyramidal brick and plaster towers covered with bright coloured sculptures and are vaulted on top with little pot finials. Srirangam, one of the great religious centres of India, is also the site of the Shaiva Jambukesvara temple.