South elevation of the shrine of the Someshvara Temple, Kumbakonam
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the south elevation of the shrine of the Someshvara 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.