Ruined gateway at entrance to Galaganatha group of temples, Aihole, Bijapur District.
Photographer: Burgess, James
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of the ruined gateway at the entrance to the Galaganatha group of temples at Aihole, Bijapur District, taken by james Burgess around 1874. Aihole was one of the capitals and an important commercial centre of the early Western Chalukya, a powerful dynasty which ruled the Deccan from the 6th century. Together with the two other capitals of Badami and Pattadakal, the site has preserved many Hindu and Jain temples which belong to a period that goes from the 6th to the 12th centuries, belonging to the early and late Chalukya periods and to the Rashtrakuta era. This view shows the elaborate gateway that stands at the entrance of the Galaganatha group of temples, a series of Hindu temples from the 9th-10th centuries of the Rashtrakuta period. Its pillars are decorated with the pot and foliage motif and the lintel is sculptured with foliated makaras.