General view from the west of the Huchimalli Gudi Temple, Aihole
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Huchimalli Gudi Temple at Aihole, 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 belong to a period that spans the 6th to the 12th centuries, encompassing the Early and Late Chalukya periods and the Rashtrakuta era. The Hucchimalli Gudi dates from the early 7th Century. The temple faces west and consists of a sanctuary surrounded by a passageway and a columned mandapa or porch enclosed in a walled structure. The curvilinear tower over the sanctuary is of the northern or Nagara type and is a later addition. In front of the entrance doorway there is a porch with four plain square pillars. A Kanarese inscription records a grant of oil to the priest of the temple by Vijayaditya in 708.