T.A. Gopinatha Rao

Portrait of T.A.   Gopinatha Rao

T. A. Gopinatha Rao து. அ. கோபிநாத ராவ் [Tamil] (1872-1919) was an Indian archaeologist and epigraphist with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) who contributed regularly to the journal Epigraphia Indica. He was appointed first Superintendent of the Travancore Archaeology Department in 1908.

He noticed and was the first to publish the very important ancient Gudimallam Lingam, clearly phallic in shape and carved with a full-length Shiva. This was in his book Elements of Hindu Iconography 1914, (Law Printing House, Madras).

In 1994, The Tamil University at Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu, India, republished his சோழ வம்ச சரித்திரச் சுருக்கம் [Chola Dynasty History Summary] (ISBN: 81-7090-239-7, 146 p), initially released by Madurai Tamilchanga Mutirasalai in 1925, with a foreword by P. Pandithurai Devaravara.