Saturday, April 11, 2009

Indo- Aryan Style at Deccan

The temples of the Deccan ( 11th to 13th centuries)
In a tract, portion of Deccan, middle-west of the peninsula contained between river Tapti on the north and the upper branch of the Kistna on the south.
Includes rock-cut mode such as Ajanta and Ellora as source of inspiration.
The region's architecture was in easy reach by Solanki dynasty on one hand and later Chalukyan on the other. Still notable features of an independent and original order entitling to separate treatment emerged.
The design of the shikhara in Deccani type of temple
The shikhara has a prounced vertical band carried up each of its angles, taking the form of
"spine" or quoin. This feature extends from the lower cornice right up to the finial. The spaces between theses quoins are filled in with rows of small reproductions of the shikhara itself.
Plans of these temples are laid out on a diagonal arrangement with the walls having projections and recesses.
The temple of Jagadambadevi at Kokamthan; the exterior is so ruggedly patterned as to resemble a form of eroded rock.
The pillars are of original order, at times with use of kani moulding.

Phases of Deccani style development.
11 th century.. Temple of Ambarnatha, Thana District. Triple-shrined temple at Balsane, and temple of Mahaeswara, both in Khandesh.
12th century.. Gondeswara Temple at Sinnar, and the Mahadeva Temple at Jhogda, both Nasik District. Temple of Lakshmi-Narayana at Pedgaon, Ahemdanagar District.
13th century.. Temple of Naganatha at Aundh, Andhra Pradesh,
13th century.. "Hemandpanti" type. Temple of Daitya-Sundana at Lonar; Vishnu Temple at Satgaon; Temple at Mahkar, all in the Deccan.


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