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Silver and gold-plated vahana in the form of a demon (bhuta) in the Kumbheshvara Temple, Kumbakonam

Silver and gold-plated vahana in the form of a demon (bhuta) in the Kumbheshvara Temple, Kumbakonam

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2398)

Item number: 10032398

Genre: Photograph

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. Some of these temples have Chola foundations with later extensions constructed under the patronage of the Vijayanagara and Nayaka rulers. The Kumbeshvara Temple, built in the 17th century during the Nayaka period, is the largest Shaiva temple in Kumbakonam. The temple has a variety of silver conveyances (vahanas) used to transport the images of the deities during the festivals. This photo shows a vahana in the form of a demon or bhuta.

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