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Porch and main entrance to the principal temple [Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur]

Porch and main entrance to the principal temple [Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 955/(14)

Item number: 95514

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a view of the Brihadisvara temple, Tanjore, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Tanjore and Trivady ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola king Rajaraja around 1010, is a monumental temple standing in the middle of a large courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. To the east, a monolithic Nandi is sheltered in a 16th century pavilion. On the north-west of the main shrine, there is a temple dedicated to Subrahmanya dating to the 17th century. The temple is entered through the east by two gateways. The entrance porch in this view with an overhanging eave is an addition during the Nayaka period.

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