View looking north-west across the tank of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram, showing surrounding colonnades, and the west gopura in the distance.
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the tank in 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 gopuras, or gateways, in the middle of the north, south and west sides. These gateways lead to an exceptionally long colonnade that surrounds the intermediate enclosure which contains the shrines and tank.