General view of the Nagnatha Temple, Lakkundi
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Nagnatha Temple, Lakkundi taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Lakkundi is situated in the what was known as the Dharwar district of the modern state of Karnataka. Lakkundi has a number of Hindu and Jain temples built in the Kalyani Chalukya style during the 11th-12th centuries. In many ways the decoration of the temples here 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. This temple is located in the north-west of Lakkundi and was originally dedicated to Parshvanatha who is represented over the shrine doorway with a snake hood over him. It is known as the temple Naganatha as it has been used as a Naga temple because of the carving of the snake over the Jain figure.