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 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
General view from outside of the west gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple, Rameswaram - 1895

Photograph of the Ramalingeshvara temple at Rameswaram, in Tamil Nadu, taken by Alexander Rea in c.1890, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is situated on the sacre... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
View of the interior of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshwara Temple, Rameswaram - 1882

Photograph of the south gopura of the Ramalingeshvara Temple at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, taken by Nicholas and Company in c.1882, from the Archaeological Survey of India Collections. This temple complex is... Read More
 12 Apr 2017 Rare Photographs
Rameswaram Pagoda, Island of Paumben. Entrance passage as seen from west gateway - 1868

Photograph of the Ramalingeshvara Temple complex in Rameswaram from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868. This complex i... Read More
 29 Jan 2017 Article/Essay
Rani Padmini Palace, Chittorgarh

..."One such famous story is that of the Rani Padmini, who burned herself alive along with the other ladies of the court in order to protect their honour from the invading Sultan Alauddin Khilji. In 1303, Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi decided to attack Chittor... Read More
 5 Sep 2016 Rare Paintings
Verandah of the Ganesha Gumpha - 1839

This is plate 3 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The Ganeshagumpha is one of the best known of the 2000 year-old sandstone Jain caves of Udayagiri in Orissa. It consists of two cells with four doorways opening on to a ... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Great Gopuram (152 ft.) and Entrance to Temple, Madura -1860

Photograph of a gopuram (tower) and entrance of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple in Madurai, taken by Nicolas & Company in the 1870s. This great temple complex (dating mostly from the 17th century in its current form), dedicated to an... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Interior of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai - 1860

Photograph of the interior of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, from the Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1860s . The temple complex at Madurai was built under the patronage of Tirumala (1623-60), one of th... Read More
 21 Apr 2016 Rare Photographs
Sanctum of the Minakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai - 1870

Photograph of the sanctum of the Meenakshi Sundareshvara temple, Madurai, Tamilnadu, from the Album of Miscellaneous views in India, 1870s . The temple complex at Madurai was built under the patronage of Tirumala (1623-60), one of the ... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Ruins of Vijayanagara - 1868

Photograph of the ruins at Vijayanagara from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from... Read More
 4 Feb 2016 Rare Photographs
Ruins of Vijayanagara - 1868

Photograph of the ruins at Vijayanagara from the 'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern Indian' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.

Vijayanagara, the City of Victory, was the most powerful Hindu kingdom in Southern India from... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
View of Madura from the east with the Minakshi temple and palace - 1783

Pen and ink drawing of a view of Madurai from the east with the Minakshi temple and palace, by George Waight, c. 1783. Inscribed: 'A view of Madura, from ye Garden House at Tipocolum. Trees too conspicuous'.

Tirumala Nayaka... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Entrance (left) to the Palace [of Trimul Naik], Madura - 1895

Photograph from the Elgin Collection: 'Autumn Tour 1895. Vol II' of the Tirumala Nayaka Palace at Madurai, taken by Nicholas and Company in the 1890s.

The Tirumalai Nayaka Palace was built in 1636 by the most illustrious of the Nayak... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Interior of the Throne Roon in the Palace of Tirumala Nayyak - 1845

Watercolour drawing of the interior of the Throne Roon in the Palace of Tirumala Nayaka at Madurai, by an anonymous artist working in the South India/Madurai style, c.1840

Tirumala Nayaka (r. 1623-59) was one of the most import... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Courtyard of the palace of Raja Tirumala Nayyak (1625-59), Madura.
Drawn by W.G.P. Jenkins, William W. Whelpdale and Ravanat Naik - 1840

Watercolour drawing of the courtyard of the palace of Raja Tirumala Nayyak at Madurai, by W.G.P. Jenkins, William W. Whelpdale and Ravanat Naik, dated c.1840.... Read More
 23 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
The Svarga Vilasa (Celestial Pavilion) or Throne-room of the palace of Tirumala Nayak (1623-59) at Madurai - 1850

Watercolour drawing of the Svarga Vilasa (Celestial Pavilion) or Throne-room of the palace of Tirumala Nayak at Madurai, by an anonymous artist working in the South Indian/Madurai st... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Railing crossbars from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of railing crossbars from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with number... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Drum pilaster from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of a drum pilaster from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with numbers 2 to... Read More
 22 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Drum slab from the Great Stupa of Amaravati - 1853
Artist: Murugesa Moodaliar (c. 1853)

Wash drawing by Murugesa Moodaliar of a carved drum slab from the Great Stupa of Amaravati. This is one of 42 sheets (89 drawings) depicting sculpture from Amaravati and S. India. Inscribed with numbers 2 to ... Read More
 11 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Pillars in Great Chaitya Cave, Karli - 1839

This is plate 13 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The largest and best-preserved of the Buddhist caves at Karli is the Chaitya or great prayer hall.

Fergusson depicts a close-up view of the interior pillars divi... Read More
 11 Oct 2015 Rare Paintings
Pillars in Great Chaitya Cave, Kanheri - 1839

This is plate 14 from James Fergusson's 'Illustrations of the Rock Cut Temples of India'. The Buddhist caves of Kanheri lie in forested hills north of Bombay. There are about 120 rock-cut caves on the site.

This colonnaded chaitya (prayer hall) date... Read More