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JEWELS FOR THE GODDESS MEENAKSHI

JEWELS FOR THE GODDESS MEENAKSHI IN THE GREAT MADURA TEMPLE




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The great Temple of Madura which is visited by scores of tourists and pilgrims everyday has a very valuable and striking collection of jewellery and some of the jewels are many centuries old. There are some interesting items presented by Europeans and the East India Company. Picture shows the Pearl Kavacha or dress with which the Goddess Minakshi is decorated on one of the festival occasion. Its sample lines and restrained colour scheme of rows of pearls and corals are its striking features.










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This magnificent coiffure which is richly decorated with pearls and gem set gold ornaments is a very attractive item in the collection. It is of course used as a head dress for the Goddess. It measures over 10 inches in height.












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These are some crowns in the Temple. The large crown on the right is hearly 14 inches high. Diamonds, rubies, emeralds and pearls, are largely used in the making of these jewels.








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Picture shows a part of the collection of crown with other pieces of jewellery with which the God and Goddess are decorated on festival days.



This photos are taken on July,1956.

Source: http://photodivision.gov.in

Madura. The Great Pagoda Jewels.




Artist: Linnaeus Tripe (British, Devonport (Plymouth Dock) 1822–1902 Devonport)
Date: January–February 1858


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