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Perspective view from the south-west, including 1000 pillared mandapa, etc., Jambukesvaraswami Temple [Jambukeshvara Temple], Tiruvanaikoil [Srirangam], Trichinopoly District

Perspective view from the south-west, including 1000 pillared mandapa, etc., Jambukesvaraswami Temple [Jambukeshvara Temple], Tiruvanaikoil [Srirangam], Trichinopoly District

Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1896

Shelfmark: Photo 1008/3(308)

Item number: 308

Length: 19.1

Width: 24.1

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jambukeshvara Temple at Srirangam, from the Archaeological Survey Collection: Madras, 1896-98. The holy island of Srirangam is situated in the Cauvery river, there are two large temple complexes, a Vaishnava dedicated to Ranganatha and the Shaivite Jambukeshvara temple. This sacred complex dates mostly from the 17th century Nayaka period. The innermost sanctuary stands in the centre of five concentric enclosures entered through seven pyramidal gateways or gopuras. The west gopura leads into a columned mandapa and a tank is situated to the right. To the north is the thousand pillared hall with pillars carved with scrollwork. The main sanctuary contains one of the five elemental lingas representing Shiva as the manifestation of water. It is immersed in a basin fed by natural spring water. In this view the tank is in foreground, the mandapa and the gopura beyond.

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