PILLAY, V AlagaBorn: fl. 1911
Trained as a temple-builder in Madurai and in the Madras Presidency, India. He was reputedly brought over by the Umgeni Road Temple Committee to build the Vishnu Temple, Durban in 1911. 'He seems to have had exceptional ability in the laying out of temple compounds and his best work was probably the Vishnu Temple, Umzinto' (Mikula et al: 1982:15) He stayed in South Africa and built a number of temples in the Southern Indian style along the South Coast of Natal, and one at Ladysmith. His last known building dates from 1937. Pillay was a well-known Tamil scholar.
(Mikula et al 1982; Fransen 1982)
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