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Seringapatam. Idol car. [Srirangapattana.]

Seringapatam. Idol car. [Srirangapattana.]

Photographer: Pigou, William Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1857

Shelfmark: Photo 965/1(95)

Item number: 965195

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the temple car or chariot of the Sriranganathaswami temple at Srirangapattana (Seringapatam), taken by William Henry Pigou in 1857, from Taylor and Fergusson's 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The chariot, decorated with intricate wood carving, is used to carry the statues of the gods during religious festivals. Srirangapattana, formerly the capital of Haidar Ali and his son and successor Tipu Sultan, rulers of Mysore and adversaries of the British, is situated on an island in the Kavery River. Besides being the capital of both the Hindu and Muslim rulers of Mysore, the island has long been a Hindu pilgrimage site, primarily because of the 10th century Sriranganathaswamy temple, dedicated to Vishnu, from which it derives its name.

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