Print from an album of 41 albumen prints by Edmund David Lyon. The temple of Tiruchendur is on the coast of Tamil Nadu. The original shrine was hewn out of the rock in the 9th or 10th century in the reign of the Pandyan kings. The temple commemorates the spot where the god Subrahmanya (Murugan) leapt ashore after defeating a demon (Surapadman) in the sea. This is a general view of the temple gopuram (tower), with the mandapam (hall) in front. 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, gives the following description of this photograph which '...shows the first view obtained of the Temple as it is approached from the place where tents are pitched. The fine porch in front of the tower is the largest and most important in the temple'.