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Sacred cistern and water spout belonging to the Subrahmanya Temple [Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur].

Sacred cistern and water spout belonging to the Subrahmanya Temple [Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur].

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 955/(19)

Item number: 95519

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the sacred cistern of the Brihadisvara temple, Tanjore, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Tanjore and Trivady ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The Brihadishvara Temple built by the Chola king Rajaraja around 1010, is a monumental temple standing in the middle of a large courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. To the east, a monolithic Nandi is sheltered in a 16th century pavilion. On the north-west of the main shrine, there is a temple dedicated to Subrahmanya dating to the 17th century. The temple is entered through the east by two gateways. The photograph shows a stone spout used to drain the clarified butter used in the rituals out of the garbha griha or sacred shrine, into a square tank outside the Subramanya temple.

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