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The Great Pagoda. Entrance to the thousand pillared Mundapam in the Great Pagoda [Airakkal Mandapa, Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai]

The Great Pagoda. Entrance to the thousand pillared Mundapam in the Great Pagoda [Airakkal Mandapa, Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/3(3)

Item number: 95333

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of the Aayiramkal 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 4 entrance gopurams. Inside this enclosure there are columned mandapas, tanks, shrines and the two temples of Shiva andMeenakshi. The Aayiramkal Mandapam, situated in the north-west, has one thousand columns elaborately decorated with figures of divinities carved on the shafts and brackets with pendant buds projecting from seated yalis. This view shows the porch of the mandapa.

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