View of east gopura of the Vaidyanatha Temple, Tirumalavadi
Photographer: Rea, Alexander
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the east gopura of the Vaidyanatha Temple at Tirumalavadi, taken by Alexander Rea around 1892. The Vaidyanatha Temple is a very ancient temple of Tamil Nadu associated to many important Shaiva saints. It has many inscriptions from the period of the imperial Cholas to that of the Vijayanagara rulers which testify the various modifications and enlargement the temple went through in those centuries. The temple complex faces east and is entered through the imposing 30 metres high rajagopuram or gateway. The granite basement is carved with figures of Hindu divinities while the upper storeys are covered with stucco figures from the Puranas and the epics.