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Madura. The Great Pagoda [Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple]. The Yali

Madura. The Great Pagoda [Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple]. The Yali

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/2(11)

Item number: 212211

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a carved pillar in the form of a yali in the Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple complex in Tamil Nadu from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. This complex contains two main shrines; one dedicated to Shiva and one to his consort Minakshi, an ancient local divinity. Each shrine is set within its own walled complex containing several subsidiary shrines, mandapams (assembly halls) and artficial pools. The construction of this temple-town was made possible by the wealth and power of Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). He was the most prolific builder of a long line of Nayaka kings, a dynasty who ruled a large portion of Tamil country in the 16th and 17th centuries. The pillar in this view is of an elaborately carved yali, a mythical creature that resembles a lion.

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