Lukhoondee. A Jain temple. [Kashivishveshwara Temple from the south, Lakkundi.]
Photographer: Pigou, William Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the Kashivishveshwara Temple at Lakkundi in Karnataka, taken by William Henry Pigou, c. 1857, from 'Architecture in Dharwar and Mysore'. The little town of Lakkundi (ancient Lokigundi) has about 50 temples, testament to its status in the past as an important city of the medieval rulers of the Deccan, particularly the Later Chalukyas of Kalyana from the 10th to the 12th century. The Chalukyas were prolific temple builders and major sites include Lakkundi, Ittagi, Gadag, Dambal, Hangal, all within the radius of north Karnataka. The Hoysalas who took over territory of the Chalukyas in the late 12th century established their capital at Lakkundi in 1191, before moving to Dorasamudra (Halebid) in the mid-13th century. The monuments at Lakkundi are both Hindu and Jaina, created out of the grey-green chloritic schist of the region. The most elaborately decorated of the monuments at Lakkundi is the 12th-century Kashivishveshvara Temple, dedicated to Shiva, which has myriad figural reliefs on the walls and ornate doorway carvings.