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North elevation of the shrine of the Vaidyanatha Temple, Tirumalavadi

North elevation of the shrine of the Vaidyanatha Temple, Tirumalavadi

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2471)

Item number: 10032471

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the north elevation of the shrine of the Vaidyanatha Temple at Tirumalavadi, taken by Alexander Rea around 1892. The view is taken from an upper storey of an adjoining structure. The Vaidyanatha Temple is a very ancient temple of Tamil Nadu associated to many important Shaiva saints. It has many inscriptions from the period of the imperial Cholas to that of the Vijayanagara rulers which testify the various modifications and enlargement the temple went through in those centuries. The temple complex faces east and is entered through the imposing 30 metres high rajagopuram or gateway completely covered of figures of Hindu divinities from the Puranas and the epics. The complex consists of three enlosures with three gopuras and is built in the Dravida or South Indian style of architecture.

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