General view from the hill of the village of Aihole
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the village Aihole, in the Bijapur District of Northern Karnataka, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. 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. Similar to the two other Chalukyan capitals, Badami and Pattadakal, there are many Hindu and Jain temples preserved at the Aihole which date to a period that spans the 6th to the 12th centuries, encompassing the Early and Late Chalukya periods and the Rashtrakuta era. The village is dominated by a steep hill to the south-east with fortifications from the Early Western Chalukya. On the flat top of the hill there is the Meguti temple, surrounded by some dolmens. On the northern side of the hill there are other shrines, both structural and rock-cut.