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Two-storied (?) Buddhist Cave Temple, Aihole

Two-storied (?) Buddhist Cave Temple, Aihole

Photographer: Cousens, Henry

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1885

Shelfmark: Photo 1003/(1752)

Item number: 10031752

Length: 202

Width: 263

Scale: Millimetres

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the two-storeyed temple at Aihole, in the Bijapur District of Northern Karnataka, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Aihole was both a capital and an important commercial centre of the early western Chalukyas, a powerful dynasty which ruled parts of the Deccan from the 6th century. Similar to Badami and Pattadakal, the Chalukya's two other capitals, at Aihole, there are a large number of Hindu and Jain temples at the site dating from the 6th to 12th centuries. During this period, the city was rule by the Chalukya, with an intervening occupation by the Rashtrakutas. This view shows a partly rock-cut structure from the 6th century, arranged on two levels with a verandah in front. On the lower level the central sanctuary is flanked by two chambers opening onto a narrow corridor. The upper level has a sanctuary entered from a porch. The doorways are decorated with relief carvings on the sides. The superstructure contains ceiling panel in the upper porch depicting a seated Buddha however the whole is a later addition

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