South view of the inner shrine, Mahadevasvami Temple, Beypore, Calicut taluk, Malabar district
Photographer: Archaeological Survey of India
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the south view of the inner shrine of the Mahadevasvami Temple at Beypore, Calicut taluk, Malabar district, taken by a photographer of the Archaeological Survey of India around 1900-01.
The temples of Kerala have very distinctive features and their structure is largely influenced by the geographical and the climatic conditions. Laterite is the most commonly used building stone in Kerala. Timber is also easily available because of the high rainfall due to the south-west monsoon. In most of the temples timber has been used for the superstructure and granite for the base.
In the second volume of his work 'Malabar' of 1887, William Logan wrote, "In Beypore amsam...there is also a Hindu temple containing sculptures and dedicated to Siva, Ganapati and Bhagavati with a laterite built tank and a Brahman feeding house. The temple is 180 by 138 feet."