North-west view of Tripurantakesvami Temple, Great Conjeeveram, Chingleput District
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Tripurantakesvami Temple at Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India in 1900-01. Kanchipuram is one of the holy cities of Hinduism. During the seventh-ninth centuries it was the capital of the Pallava rulers and kept its supremacy in the succeding Chola, Vijayanagara and Nayaka periods. There are important temples in the town: the Vaikuntha Perumal and the Kailasanatha Temple from the Pallava period and the temples dedicated to Kamakshi, Ekambareshvara and Varadaraja, originally established by the Cholas in the 12th century and later expanded under the patronage of the Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries. This view shows one of the numerous smaller temples found in Kanchipuram. The outer walls are decorated with carvings and the pyramidal superstructure is crowned by an octagonal roof. The Annual report of the Archaeological Department, Southern Circle, for the year 1910-1911 says, "The Purana reads that after their defeat by Isvara and the death of their kinsmen, the Tripuras applied to him for salvation, and were ordered to worship him in Conjeeveram, and they did so in the temple here...The whole vimana has been whitewashed, and the plastering has been done with white chunam...This...has not improved the appearance of the building."