General view of the Mallikarjuna Temple, Lakkundi
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Mallikarjuna Temple at Lakkundi, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Lakkundi has a number of Hindu and Jain temples built in the Kalyani Chalukya style during the 11th-12th centuries. Lakkundi is situated in the modern state of Karnataka and the temples vuilt there are made of scist. In many ways the decoration of the temples of Lakkundi marks the apex of Chalukyan architecture. They have very elaborate and sharp ornamentation with deep mouldings. Elegant, thin pillars made on a lathe support exquisitely carved beams. Most of the temples have open sided mandapa or porches like the one in this view and sanctuaries covered by pyramidal roofs. The long angled eaves shown in this photograph are also typical of temples in this town.