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North-east view of Vishnu Temple, Govindapuram, Malabar District, Calicut Taluk

North-east view of Vishnu Temple, Govindapuram, Malabar District, Calicut Taluk

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1901

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/4(431)

Item number: 431

Length: 23.6

Width: 28.2

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Vishnu Temple at Govindapuram in the Kozhikode district of Kerala, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India on the 1st Febraury 1902. The view shows the dilapidated temple with thatched roof from the north-east. Shiva and Vishnu are equally worshipped in Kerala. The temple structure shows the sloping pointed roof style favoured in Kerala temple architecture, which developed as a practical form in a region with heavy monsoon rains. The wooden roofs usually have overhanging eaves and are thatched, tiled or copper-sheeted. Most Kerala temples usually have walls built out of soft laterite stone which wears away quickly and needs frequent renovation. A typical Kerala temple complex would have one or more sanctuaries and detached halls of varying sizes, standing in a rectangular colonnaded compound.

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