Peroor Temple, near Coimbatore. Ninth 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. In his 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India'
(Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, Lyon explains that the carving on this pillar '...represents the Goddess Bhadra Kali, the wife of Shiva, with all her attributes of terror'.