Pillar in Trimul Naik's Portico [Pudu Mandapa]. The marriage ceremony.
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in Madurai is famous for its sculpted columns, and the Pudhu Mandapam built by Tirumala Nayaka (reigned 1623-59) has many fine examples. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India', edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this column: 'This Pillar...represents the betrothal of the goddess Minakshi. Being an orphan, she is given away by her brother Vishnu, who stands on her right hand, while Shiva, to whom she is betrothed, stands on her left.'