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Seringham Pagoda near Trichinopoly. The Hall of One Thousand Columns

Seringham Pagoda near Trichinopoly. The Hall of One Thousand Columns

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/1(8)

Item number: 21218

Genre: Photograph

Photograph from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon, showing the Hall of a Thousand Columns at the Ranganatha temple in Srirangam. 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: 'Exactly opposite the Portico with the richly carved horsemen pillars... is a portico or Hall, said to contain 1,000 pillars. Such halls are far from being uncommon in Southern temples, some containing really 1,000 pillars, each of a single slab of granite. Owing, however, to the omission of several in the centre, this one possesses only 980, which support a roof nearly six feet in thickness. It is in this hall that pilgrims meet, during the great festival in January, when the god is exhibited to thousands of ecstatic devotees.'

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