India: Treasures of the Deccan Part 1

Treasures of the Deccan: Temples of the Early Chalukyas: Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal

By Dr George Michell

Between the 6th and 8th centuries CE the Deccan was dominated by the Early Chalukya kings, who sponsored sandstone Hindu and Jain temples, both rock-cut and structurally free-standing. These sacred monuments are covered with magnificent relief sculptures that give visual expression to a full range of Hindu icons, as well as depicting courtly attendants, amorous couples and episodes from diverse epic narratives.