Lists of the Antiquarian Remains in the Presidency of Madras, Volume 1

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E. Keys, at the Government Press, 1882 - India - 325 pages
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Page 117 - ... called Tarputry, about one hundred miles a little east of south from the capital. There are two temples there : the one now in use, dedicated to Vishnu, is the elder, and in so far as whitewash and paint will allow one to judge, ranges with the works of the earliest kings of the Vijayanagar dynasty ; but the wonders of the place are two gopuras belonging to a now deserted temple on the banks of the river, about a quarter of a mile from the others.
Page 271 - Carolingian letters at the end of the tenth or the beginning of the eleventh century, and revised and annotated by a corrector.
Page 300 - If it were proposed to select one temple which should exhibit all the beauties of the Dravidian style in their greatest perfection, and at the same time exemplify all its characteristic defects of design, the choice would almost inevitably fall on that at Ramisseram, in the island of Paumben (Woodcut No.
Page 117 - In this instance, however, the whole of the perpendicular part is covered with the most elaborate sculpture, cut with exquisite sharpness and precision, in a fine close-grained hornblende (?) stone, and produces an effect richer, and on the whole perhaps in better taste, than anything else in this style (Woodcuts Nos.
Page 156 - In taking two stations having the same value, the one to the north and the other to the south of...
Page 213 - The oldest thing now existing here is a little shrine in the small enclosure with a little porch of two pillars about 6 ft. high, but resting on a stylobate ornamented with dancing figures, more graceful and more elegantly executed than any other of their class, so far as I know, in S. India. At the sides are wheels and horses, the whole being intended to represent a car, as is frequently the case in these temples. Whitewash and modern alterations have sadly disfigured this gem, but enough remains...
Page 300 - None of our cathedrals are more than 500 feet, and even the nave of St. Peter's is only 600 feet from the door to the apse. Here the side corridors are 700 feet long, and open into transverse galleries as rich in detail as themselves. These, with the varied devices and modes of lighting, produce an effect that is not equalled certainly anywhere in India.
Page 311 - Though neither among the Largest nor the most splendid temples of southern India, that at Tinnevelly will serve to give a good general n'r tli? Royal'c Soclctv.) idea of the arrangement of these edifices, and has the advantage of having been built on one plan, and at one time, without subsequent alteration or change.
Page 277 - The one great exception to this rule is to be found at Tanjore. The great Pagoda there was commenced on a well-defined and stately plan, which was persevered in till its completion.
Page 265 - ... which indicate the site of ancient Babylon, but in which the village elders point out the various parts of an extensive and magnificent palace. When this palace was in existence...