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The Jumbugaswarum Pagoda at Seringham. Space between the second wall and the 1000 Pillared Mundapum. [Jambukeshvara Temple, Srirangam.]

The Jumbugaswarum Pagoda at Seringham. Space between the second wall and the 1000 Pillared Mundapum. [Jambukeshvara Temple, Srirangam.]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 950/(8)

Item number: 9508

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Jambukeshvara temple, with the north gopura on the left and the Thousand-Pillared mandapa on the right and two temple cars in the middleground, taken by Linnaeus Tripe (1822-1902) in 1858. This sacred temple complex dates mostly from the 17th century Nayaka period and is consacrated to Shiva. The innermost sanctuary stands in the centre of four concentric enclosures entered through seven pyramidal gateways or gopuras covered with elaborate sculptures painted in bright colours. The thousand-pillared mandapa is a pavilion with granite piers elaborately carved with figures of maidens on the shafts and mythical animals called yali as brackets. Tripe was in charge of one of the battalions of the 12th Madras Native Infantry, a regiment funded in 1824 and stationed in Madras. In 1855, Tripe was commissioned to take photographs for the British East India Company and the Madras Presidency which resulted in six albums, one of which is of Srirangam.

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