Madura. Another view of the Sacred Tank [Teppakulam]
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 40 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The Mariamman Teppakulam at Vandiyur 5kms from the Minakshi temple at Madurai is one of the biggest temple tanks in South India. It was built in the 17th century and was constantly filled with water from underground channels leading from the river Vaigai. The small temple on the square island in the centre houses an idol of Vigneshvara (the elephant god Ganesha). The tank has three flights of steps on each side. Lyon wrote that, '...the house on the right was in 1868 occupied by the collector of Madura.' Teppakulam looks particularly spectacular during the Float
Festival every year when the statues of the goddess Minakshi and her consort Sundareshvara are floated on rafts decorated with lights on the water.