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Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. Pillar at S.W. corner of building

Madura. Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. Pillar at S.W. corner of building

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(38)

Item number: 212138

Genre: Photograph

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 which 'shows the Pillar in detail at the south-west corner of the building. It represents Shiva and Parvati resting on the mountain Kailasa, to support which, the many-headed, and many-handed giant Ravana, was condemned as a punishment for the rape of Sita'.

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