Photograph of the Avudaiyarkoil Temple from the
'Photographs to Illustrate the Ancient Architecture of Southern
India' collection, taken by Edmund David Lyon in c. 1868.
Avudaiyarkoil is approximately 45 km south-east of Pudukottai in
Tamil Nadu. The Nayanar poet-saint Manickavasagar is believed to
have founded the temple in the 8th century under the Pandyan
dynasty, but its present form mostly da…