Handbook of the Madras Presidency: With a Notice of the Overland Route to India

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John Murray, 1879 - 415 pages

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Page 79 - ... one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty thirty forty fifty sixty seventy eighty ninety one hundred two hundred three hundred four hundred five hundred...
Page 331 - Looking from the town only one path up the hill can be seen along which at intervals are three gopuras, or gateways, under which the pilgrims pass. The last gopura is at the top of the hill. On the other side of the hill there are paths up, but all very difficult. For some years the temple was under the management of the British Government, but in 1843 charge of it was given over to a Mahant or Hindu Abbot, who with his coauthorities controls the expenditure and the worship. The antiquity of the...
Page 255 - Brahma occurs three or four times, and every great god of the Hindu Pantheon finds his place. Some of these are carved with a minute elaboration of detail which can only be reproduced by photography, and may probably be considered as one of the most marvellous exhibitions of human labour to be found even in the patient East.
Page 254 - The amount of labour which each facet of this porch displays is such as never was bestowed on any surface of equal extent in any building in the world ; and though the design is not of the highest order of art, it is elegant and appropriate, and never offends against good taste. The sculptures of the base of the...
Page 254 - The arrangements of the pillars have much of that pleasing subordination and variety of spacing which is found in those of the Jains, but we miss here the octagonal dome, which gives such poetry and meaning to the arrangements they adopted^ Instead of these we have only an exaggerated compartment in the centre, which fits nothing, and, though it does give dignity to the centre, it does it so clumsily as to be almost offensive in an architectural sense.
Page 191 - As soon as the clay used to stop the mouths of the crucibles is dry, they are built up in the form of an arch with their bottoms inwards, in a small furnace urged by two goatskin bellows. Charcoal is heaped over them, and the blast kept up without intermission for about two hours and a half, when it is stopped and the process is considered complete. The furnace contains from 20 to 24 crucibles.
Page 160 - And Marinus the pope then sent 'lignum Domini' (of Christ's cross) to king Alfred. And in the same year Sighelm and ^Ethelstin conveyed to Rome the alms which the king had vowed (to send) thither, and also to India to St Thomas, and to St Bartholomew...
Page 352 - He married an Indian Princess, and built this palace for her abode. It was enclosed after the Asiatic manner by high walls, the centre containing a large marble basin filled with water, and fed by numerous fountains, lined with stately cypress trees. The pavilions, galleries, and terraces around were ornamented in the richest style of Oriental architecture, with a profusion of delicate trellis-work, painting, and gilding.
Page 249 - Sultan, lest any person should fire upon him while in bed, slept in a hammock, which was suspended from the roof by chains, in such a situation as to be invisible through the windows. In the hammock were found a sword and a pair of loaded pistols.
Page 283 - The proper name of the place is Colicodu. When Cheruman Permal had divided Malabar among his nobles, and had no principality remaining to bestow on the ancestor of the Tamuri, he gave that chief his sword, with all the territory in which a cock crowing at a small temple here could be heard. This formed the original dominions of the Tamuri, and was called Colicodu, or the cock-crowing.

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