View from inside of the north gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram 10032330
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph from inside the north gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea around 1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is situated on the sacred Hindu island of Rameswaram, connected to the mainland by a causeway. The site is believed to be related to the story of Rama of the Ramayana epic. It was founded during the Chola period but belongs mostly to the Nayaka period of the 17th and 18th centuries. The complex is contained within high walls entered through towered gopuras, or gateways, in the middle of the north, south and west sides. This is a view from inside the unfinished north gopura showing the road between the two halves of the wall.