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The Teppa-kulam [Madurai]

The Teppa-kulam [Madurai]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/1(4)

Item number: 95314

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the Teppakulam (temple tank), Madurai in Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The temple city of Madurai is dominated by the imposing complex of Minakshi Sundareshvara, one of the major architectural achievements of the Nayaka period. The construction of this temple was made possible by the magnificence of Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). The rectangular precinct covers six hectares and has eleven huge towers and four entrance gopurams. Inside this enclosure there are columned mandapas, tanks, shrines and the two temples of Shiva and Minakshi. The Teppakulam, constructed by Tirumala Nayaka, is situated at the eastern end of the town, about two miles from the temple. It is a large rectangular tank with an island in the middle with a small temple and pavilions at each corner. Each year during the annual festival, the images of the goddess Meenakshi and her consort Sundareshvara are placed on rafts and floated on the waters.

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