Main entrance gopura of the Nageshvara Temple, Kumbakonam
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the main entrance gopura or tower of the Nageshwara temple at Kumbakonam, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu, was an important centre during the 9th to 13th centuries under the Chola dynasty. There are fifteen temples in the town dedicated both to Shiva and Vishnu. The Nageshwara Temple was erected in AD 886 during the Chola period, with later additions. The temple is situated in a courtyard entered through gopuras, or pyramidal towers, covered in sculptures, typical of the late Chola style.