Pagoda at Secundermalie [Sakkandurmali]
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the Subramanya Swami Temple at Sakkandurmali or Tirupparankunram, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The hill at Tirupparankunram near Madurai is an important pilgrimage destination for the worshippers of the god Muruga. This is one of the six shrines of great antiquity, dedicated to Subramanya as per the Tamil Brahmi inscriptions dating back to 200 BC. The present structure of the temple dates from the Pandya rulers of the 8th century and is a cave temple cut into the rock which has a very tall tower or Rajagopuram and five halls or mandapas. The pillars are very elaborate and belong to the Nayaka period of Madurai.