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North-west view of Siva Temple with the adjacent rivulet, Tirupalathur, Palghat Taluk

North-west view of Siva Temple with the adjacent rivulet, Tirupalathur, Palghat Taluk

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1901

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/4(435)

Item number: 435

Length: 23.5

Width: 27.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple at Tirupallathurai (Thirupallathoor) near Palakkad (Palghat), Kerala, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India on the 1st February 1901. It is a view looking across the river towards the temple framed with coconut palms on the far side. The temples of Kerala have very distinctive features and their structure is largely influenced by the geographical and climatic conditions peculiar to the region. The monsoons and the abundance of forests clothing the Western Ghats explain the shape of the roofs which are made of wood and covered with copper plates. Their heavy overhanging eaves help shed the beating rains of the monsoons and their shape varies in accordance with the plan of the sanctuary. Temples built on a circular plan have a conical roof while square planned sanctuaries are covered with a pyramidal roof. They often have different projecting tiers intended to protect the wooden structure of the temple itself. In the second volume of his work 'Malabar' of 1887, William Logan wrote about this temple, "Tripalur - In Vateketara amsam. Dedicated to Siva. Tiled. 532 feet in extent ."

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