Long colonnade in the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram 10032343
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a colonnade in the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple 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. 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 on three sides. These gateways lead to an exceptionally long colonnade that surrounds the intermediate enclosure. The colonnade has over 4000 carved granite pillars and measures 205 m (671 ft) on the north and south sides. This is a view of pillars and part of the ceiling painted with medallions and figures.