Showing posts with label Aihole. Show all posts
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Hinduism And Hindu Theology - What Is Aihole?

In the state of Karnataka, just south of the contemporary city of Bijapur, there is a historical site. 

Aihole was a significant city during the Chalukya empire (4th–8th centuries C.E. ), and its surviving structures include some of the earliest Hindu temples still standing. 

  • These temples reflect an early stage in Hindu architecture's development from previous architectural forms like rock-cut cave temples (chaitya) or walled courtyards (vihara). 
  • A basic square pavilion (mandapa) with a tower (shikhara) above the primary image of the god, one of the oldest temples (ca. 450 C.E.) is one of the characteristics of subsequent Hindu temples. 
  • A Durga temple constructed approximately a century later follows the basic layout of a chaitya, but it also includes a shikhara. 

The temples at Aihole are linked to older types of Hindu architecture, but they also foreshadow the full development of medieval Hindu architecture.

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