Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. Another view of carved pillars in the Sheshagirirayar Mandapa of Srirangam's Ranganatha Temple. Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, gives the following description: 'It may here be explained that each of these groups is one slab of grey granite about 20 feet high, out of which the whole of the horses, riders, figures, &c., are carved. The roof is formed of single slabs, often of great length and considerable thickness, extending from pillar to pillar over the whole area of the choultry or porch, and the under side of them is frequently carved with great richness. Whatever may be thought of the taste of these groups, they are marvellous exhibitions of patient, skilled labour devoted to a well understood aim.'