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Secundermalie [Sakkandurmali]

Secundermalie [Sakkandurmali]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/4(11)

Item number: 953411

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the north side of the sacred rock at Sakkandurmali or Tirupparankunram, with houses and a large stone gateway in the foreground, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The hill at Tirupparankunram near Madurai is the fourth pilgrimage place of Muruga. This is one of the six shrines of great antiquity dedicated to Subramanya, as per Tamil Brahmi inscriptions dating back to 200 BC. The present structure of the temple dates from the Pandya rulers of the 8th century and is a cave temple cut into the rock with a very tall tower or Rajagopuram and five halls or mandapas. The pillars are very elaborate and belong to the Nayaka period of Madurai.

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