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Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico. Carvings on base of unfinished gateway

Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico. Carvings on base of unfinished gateway

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(17)

Item number: 212117

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The Madurai Minakshi Temple is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in south India. The ancient city of Madurai was known to the Greeks and was a Pandyan capital. Legend states that Shiva shook drops of nectar from his matted hair over the site and this sweetness or 'maduram' gave the city its name. The earliest temples to the goddess Minakshi, the protectoress of Madurai, have not survived and the present buildings mostly date from the Nayaka period (17th century). Lyon wrote, 'The next Photograph presents a part of the highly ornate facade of this gateway on the side next the road, and is well worthy of study as an index to the age of these buildings.'

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