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The Great Pagoda. The Viravasuntarayan Mundapam. [Viravasantaraya Mandapa, Minakshi Sundeshvara Temple, Madurai.]

The Great Pagoda. The Viravasuntarayan Mundapam. [Viravasantaraya Mandapa, Minakshi Sundeshvara Temple, Madurai.]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/3(2)

Item number: 95332

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the Viravasuntarayan Mandapam of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple is dedicated to Shiva and his consort Meenakshi, the fish-eyed goddess Parvati. The construction of this imposing temple-town was made possible by the magnificence of Tirumala Nayak (1623-1659). The rectangular precinct covers 6 hectares and has 11 huge towers and the external wall is interrupted by 4 gopurams. This is a view looking along the interior of the Viravasantaraya Mandapa towards a small Nandi. This mandapa is situated immediately inside the east gopura.

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