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Idgah and Tomb at Ryakotta

Idgah and Tomb at Ryakotta

Shelfmark: Photo 951/(2)

Item number: 9512

This photograph of a view of the Idgah and tomb at Ryakotta, was taken by Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) in 1858 and published in an album entitled 'Photographic Views of Ryakotta and other places, in the Salem District...with descriptive notes, by J.A.C. Boswell, Esq., M.C.S.' (Madras, 1858). ''The tomb in the foreground was erected a few years ago over the remains of a Musalmani fair, and near it is an Idgah. The term Idgah is applied to a platform enclosed by a wall, where Muhammedans assemble for occasional devotions especially at the seasons of the Ids or festivals''. Tripe was in charge of one of the battalions of the 12th Madras Native Infantry, a regiment funded in 1824 and stationed in Madras. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take photographs for the British East India Company and the Madras Presidency which resulted in six albums, one of which was of Ryakotta.

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