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Ramisseram [Rameswaram] Pagoda, Island of Paumben. Carved pillar in centre corridor 212328

Ramisseram [Rameswaram] Pagoda, Island of Paumben. Carved pillar in centre corridor 212328

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/3(28)

Item number: 212328

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of a carved pillar in the Ramalingeshvara Temple complex, Rameswaram from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. This complex is situated on the sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram and is connected to the mainland by a causeway. It is believed to be the site where Rama worshipped Shiva after the battle of Lanka, part of the Ramayana epic. The temple complex was founded during the Chola period but was constantly added to, and what remains belongs mostly to the Nayaka period of the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex is contained within high walls and entered through tall towered gopuras (gateways) on three of four sides. These gateways lead to a long colonnade that surrounds the enclosure. Lyon explained that in this photograph '...the monkey...is seen clinging to the man's shoulder instead of being led by a string.'

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