Ruined temple and step-well outside the village, Lakkundi 10031987
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a ruined temple and a step-well outside the village at Lakkundi, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Lakkundi is situated in the modern state of Karnataka. The town has a number of Hindu and Jain temples built in the Kalyani Chalukya style during the 11th-12th centuries. The most famous of these are the Jain Basti, the Kacivicvecvara and the Naganatha temples, however there are many more examples that are less well documented. 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 whilst doorways, heavily decorated with foliage and guardians, are commonplace.