North-east view of Vishnu Temple, Govindapuram, Malabar District, Calicut Taluk
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
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.