Tanjore Pagoda. View of the porch with the big bull and two entrance gateways
Photographer: Lyon, Edmund David
Medium: Photographic print
The Brihadishvara Temple was built in the 9th century and is one of the great achievements of the Chola era. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. Its steeply pyramidal tower stands at about 66 m and consists of 13 storeys, each with pilastered walls covered with carved figures of divinities. The Nandi pavilion can be seen in the foreground of this photograph, with gopuras visible beyond. Lyon explained 'This view is taken from near the Great Pyramidal Tower, looking backwards towards the two gateway towers through which the temple is entered. In the foreground is the pavilion of the bull Nundi, whose form may be detected in its shadow.'