The Great Pagoda. The outer prakarum, or corridor around the temple of the god Sundareshawara [Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai]
Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus
Medium: Photographic print
This photograph of the outer prakaram or corridor 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. The complex consists of columned mandapas, tanks, shrines and the two temples of Shiva and Meenakshi. The temple of Sundareshvara is situated in an enclosure surrounded by another colonnaded enclosure.