A Place of cel­e­Bra­tioN hall from Them a danagopalaswamy Tem­ple in madu­rai, circa 1560, wiTh gran­iTe fig­ure pil­lars, lion cap­i­Tals, and carv­ings of hindu Tales

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in Madu­rai ded­i­cated to Vishnu and his avatar Krishna. More­over, Ma­son’s re­search has also shown how the tem­ple frag­ments needed re­in­stal­la­tion in or­der to be re­stored to its orig­i­nal in­tended ar­chi­tec­tural plan of 450 years ago.

In Oc­to­ber 2016, the Philadel­phia Mu­seum of Art gave this im­pres­sive Tem­ple Hall its new­est avatar by restor­ing it to its orig­i­nal glory with plenty of light and a bright and fes­tive at­mos­phere. Once rub­ble in Madu­rai, the Madana Gopala Swamy Tem­ple Hall now stands as the stun­ning cen­tre­piece of the South Asian gal­leries. It is the only pre-mod­ern tem­ple man­dap to ex­ist out­side of In­dia. OLD ROOTS, NEW HOME Along with the re­in­stal­la­tion of the Tem­ple Hall, The Philadel­phia Mu­seum un­der­took an am­bi­tious $2.7 mil­lion project to rein­ter­pret and ren­o­vate its 7000 square feet South Asian gal­leries, show­cas­ing the rich­ness and di­ver­sity of artis­tic ex­pres­sion across 2000 years. This in­cludes mas­sive stone sculp­tures, in­tri­cate

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY BY JOSEPH HU, 2016.

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