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Columns inside a deserted temple in the village, Aihole, Bijapur District

Columns inside a deserted temple in the village, Aihole, Bijapur District

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/3(351)

Item number: 10003351

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of columns inside a deserted temple in the village of Aihole, Bijapur district, taken by James Burgess around 1874. Aihole was one of the capitals and an important commercial centre of the early western Chalukya, a powerful dynasty which ruled the Deccan from the 6th century. Together with the two other capitals of Badami and Pattadakal, the site has preserved many Hindu and Jain temples which belong to a period that goes from the 6th to the 12th centuries, belonging to the early and late Chalukya periods and to the Rashtrakuta era. They are situated both inside and outside the walls that enclose the site and they have varied forms that show different architectural influences. The columns in this photograph have elaborate polygonal shafts decorated with garlands, tall square bases with carved niches with figures and flattened cushion-like capitals.

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