View of the interior of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram 10032335
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the south 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 tall towered gopuras, or gateways, on the north, south and west sides. These gateways lead to a long colonnade that surrounds the intermediate enclosure. This photograph shows the roadway between the two sections of the unfinished south gopura.