Seringham Pagoda near Trichinopoly. Gateway at entrance to Fifth Court
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India', edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description of this view of the Ranganatha temple at Srirangam: 'Passing through the two next Courts and under their Pyramidal Gateways, which are not deserving of special notice, we arrive opposite the one here shown, which is by far the best, as it is the oldest of those on this side. Assuming the sanctuary to have been erected in the first years of the sixteenth century, which is probably not far from the truth, and allowing half a century to have elapsed between the time of the addition of each of its six external courts, we have a rough chronometric scale of the whole. The oldest being the most elegant and the best.'