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Tinnevelly [Tirunelveli] Pagoda. The Tank and surrounding objects

Tinnevelly [Tirunelveli] Pagoda. The Tank and surrounding objects

Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: Photo 212/3(18)

Item number: 212318

Genre: Photograph

Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. View looking across tank (with central shrine) towards temple gopuram beyond. In Lyon's 'Notes to Accompany a Series of Photographs Prepared to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' (Marion & Co., London, 1870), edited by James Fergusson, he wrote that the photograph 'represents the Tank which is...used at the February festival for the god's aquatic excursion; it is of hewn stone, and forms with its surrounding objects a pleasing picture. The temple is said to have been built by one of the Pandya Rajahs, probably in the 14th century, though the Brahmins declare that its date is not known. It is dedicated, as before stated, to Shiva, who is here worshipped under the name of Nellyapper, and the Goddess Kanthi Mathi Ammal'.

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