Colours of Antiquity (Centre)
A bewildering variety of colourful figures decorate the steeple of the Sarangapani temple in Kumbakonam, as they do most South Indian temples. Not surprisingly, each of them has a tale to tell, and a reason for being where they are. Surprisingly, the colours we see today are pretty much the same from antiquity. While the paints used today are modern, as opposed to the natural pigments that were originally used, the colours are guided by the same strict codes that govern temple architecture.
Tamil Nadu, 2017