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General view from the north-west of the Kashivishveshvara Temple, Lakkundi

General view from the north-west of the Kashivishveshvara Temple, Lakkundi

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1969)

Item number: 10031969

Length: 19.5

Width: 26.4

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the the north-west of the Kashivishveshvara Temple, Lakkundi taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Lakkundi is situated in the modern state of Karnataka. The Kashivishveshvara Temple was built in the late Chalukya style and dates to the 12th Century. It is a Hindu shrine and is also known as the Kashivishvanatha temple.This is a view of the two sanctuaries linked by an open porch. Henry Cousens wrote: "The most elaborately finished of all those in the village...In this temple the Chalukyan builders reached their high watermark in decorative architecture...This is a double temple, that is, it has a second shrine facing the main building on the east, but separated from it by a raised platform, which was, perhaps, at one time, an open hall roofed over. This style of double temple is not frequently met with..." The doorways have guardians at either side and are adorned with carved foliation.

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