Madura. Handsome carved pillar in Trimul Naik's Portico [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 Madurai is famous for its sculpted columns, and the Pudhu Mandapam (hall) built by Tirumala Nayaka (reigned 1623-59) 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 photograph: 'This view...gives an excellent idea of the beauty of the carvings on the pillars in this building. It apparently represents Vishnu as Chaturbooj, or the four-armed.'