Madura. Pillar in Trimul Naik's Portico. Figure of watchman on right of entrance [to Pudu Mandapa]
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in the heart of Madurai is famous for its sculpted columns, and the Pudhu Mandapa or Tirumala Nayaka's portico has many fine examples. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India', edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this close-up view of a carved pillar: 'Immediately facing any one entering, on the right of the entrance to the nave, is the figure represented in this Photograph. He is one of the Watchmen or Guardians of the gods, who are almost invariably found flanking the entrance of all Hindu temples.'