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View of the nave from the Simhasanum at the west end. [Pudu Mandapa, Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai]

View of the nave from the Simhasanum at the west end. [Pudu Mandapa, Minakshi Sundareshvara Temple, Madurai]

Photographer: Tripe, Linnaeus

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1858

Shelfmark: Photo 953/2(3)

Item number: 95323

Genre: Photograph

This photograph of a view of the Puthu Mandapam of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, is part of a collection entitled 'Photographic Views in Madurai ' (Madras, 1858) and was taken by Linnaeus Tripe in 1858. The great complex of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara Temple (17th century), dedicated to the goddess Meenakshi, consort of Shiva, is contained within a vast enclosure entered through tall gopuras or towers extremely elaborate and completely covered with figures of divinities, celestial beings, monster masks and animals encrusted in plaster decoration painted in vivid colours. The Puthu Mandapa is situated in front of the east gopura and consists of a long hall with piers carved with yalis and portrait sculptures of the Nayaka rulers. This is a view along the interior of the Puthu Mandapa, with richly-carved columns on either side.

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