This book provides an introduction to the temples at Pattadakal in central Karnataka, which represent the high point of eighth-century Hindu art and architecture. The only English-language guide to these extraordinary temples, this book will be invaluable for specialists as well as general readers.
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Aihole aisle Alampur amalaka antechamber architectural Ardhanarishvara Arjuna Badami band basement mouldings beams Brahma carved ceiling panel central projections corner dancing Shiva decorated demon depicted dwarfs Early Chalukya east face east porch engaged columns figures flanked foliated tails foliation garlands Garuda gavaksha guardians Harihara inner mandapa inscription Jambulinga temple Kashivishvanatha Kirttivarman Krishna kudus kutas Lakshmana linga lotus ornament Mahabharata Mahishasuramardini makaras mandapa walls minor shrines mithuna couples monuments naga Nagara Nandi pavilion niche panel north face outer mandapa outer walls Pallava Papanatha temple parapet elements Parvati passageway walls Pattadakal pediments Photo pilasters Pulakeshin Rama Ramayana Rashtrakuta Ravana roof slabs sanctuary doorway Sangameshvara temple scenes sculptures seated Section and elevation shalas Shesha shikhara Shiva Shiva dancing side walls Sita south face south porch standing temple at Pattadakal three sides top circle trident vase and foliage Vijayaditya Vikramaditya Vikramaditya II Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna Virupaksha temple Vishnu wall panel west face yalis