Peroor Temple, near Coimbatore. General view
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Print from an album of 44 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon.View of carved pillars of the mandapam (hall) of the Pattiswaraswami temple at Perur a few kms from Coimbatore. Legend associates this temple, where Shiva is worshipped, to the period of Karikala Chola in the 2nd century AD. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description: 'The temple itself is raised several feet above the area of the enclosure; and in front of the steps leading up to it there is another portico, which has never been roofed, but is now covered with thatch by the Brahmins, to protect it from the weather. The pillars, it will be observed, are all beautifully carved, and all different. The freshness of the details, however, by-no means corresponds to the antiquity assigned to it, but rather indicates a time subsequent to Trimul Nayak, Rajah of Madura, in the seventeenth century.'