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View from the north-west of the façade of the Subramanya Shrine of the Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur

View from the north-west of the façade of the Subramanya Shrine of the Brihadishvara Temple, Thanjavur

Photographer: Rea, Alexander

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1892

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(2445)

Item number: 10032445

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the Subramanya Shrine in the Brihadishvara Temple complex at Thanjavur, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections taken by Alexander Rea in c. 1892. Thanjavur was established and used by the Chola rulers in the 9th-12th centuries; it later became a Nayaka stronghold in the 16th-17th centuries and was also used by the Marathas in the 18th century. The Brihadishvara Temple was built in the 9th century and is one of the great achievements of the Chola era. This monumental temple stands in the middle of a large rectangular courtyard surrounded by smaller shrines. Its steeply pyramidal tower stands at about 66 m and consists of 13 storeys, each with pilastered walls covered with carved figures of divinities. North-west of the main shrine there is a temple dedicated to Subrahmanya which dates to the 17th century and is seen in this photograph. The walls have carved basement mouldings and the parapet and tower are decorated with plaster-covered brickwork.

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