Peroor Temple, near Coimbatore. Fifth carved pillar in centre aisle
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Print from an album of 44 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Perur, near the Noyyal river, is 7 kms from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. It is famed for its Pattiswaraswami temple where Shiva is worshipped. The temple is said to date
originally from the Chola period and is attributed to Karikala Chola (2nd century AD), but most of it was completed in later centuries. The pillars of the temple are fine examples of Dravidian architecture. 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 of this view of '...the fifth Pillar on the left side. It is another representation of ... Shiva exulting over the destruction of Tripurasura. In this instance the god has sixteen arms, which is twice the usual allowance, and a strong proof of the modern date of the sculpture. Below him, as assisting at the sacrifice, is Vishnu on his left, and Kartikya, the God of War, on his right. Tripurasura is always easily recognisable by the cobra he holds in his right hand. The legend, in fact, symbolised the triumph of Shaivism over snake-worship'.