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Tank of the Golden Lilies, Madura

Tank of the Golden Lilies, Madura

Photographer: Nicholas and Company

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1875

Shelfmark: Photo 472/1(31)

Item number: 472131

Genre: Photograph

Photograph with a view looking across the Golden Lily tank (Pottamarai Kulam), with gopurams beyond of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in Madurai, taken by Nicholas & Company in the 1870s. The temple complex contains two main shrines, one dedicated to Shiva and one to his consort Minakshi, an ancient local divinity. The imposing temple complex was largely expanded and renovated by Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). The rectangular precinct covers 6 hectares and has 11 huge gopurams or towers, the biggest of which mark four entrances from the four cardinal points. In front of the Minakshi shrine is a courtyard containing a large stepped rectangular pool which is called the Golden Lily pool.

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