Silver and gold-plated vahana in the Kumbheshvara Temple, Kumbakonam 10032394
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a silver and gold-plated vahana (coneyance) in the Kumbheshvara Temple at Kumbakonam, taken by Alexander Rea around 1892, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. Kumbakonam, in Tamil Nadu, was an important centre during the 9th to 13th centuries under the Chola dynasty. There are fifteen temples in the town dedicated both to Shiva and Vishnu. The Kumbeshvara Temple, built in the 17th century during the Nayaka period, is the largest Shaiva temple in Kumbakonam. The photo shows a small vahana, in the form of an open-sided pavilion, with metal rings attached to the base for inserting carrying poles.