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Temple of Virupaksa

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Title: Temple of Virupaksa
Author(s): Frederic, Louis
Photographer: Arthur Llewellyn Basham
Keywords: Deccan-- Chalukya Dynasty-- Pattadakal;architecture;book scan
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: This temple shows both Dravidian & Indo-Aryan features. These features include a Dravidian tower, a wide mandapa, secondary mandapas with several entrances, and a gallery composed of series of small sanctuaries, abutting on the wall. This temple was built in 740 by Vikramaditya II to commemorate his third victory over the Pallavas and the capture of Kanchi. Architects brought from the south contributed to the construction. A statue of Nandi, Siva's bull is housed in a free-standing mandapa. The temple & buildings are surrounded by strong walls, and access is by a huge gate, reminiscent of that of the Pallava temples. Sculptures decorate walls and niches of the sanctuary. The antarala, now highly developed, has 20 pillars, while the separately standing mandapa has 4. The cella includes a circumambulatory.
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-1572


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