Badami Chalukya architecture

Badami Chalukya Architecture

Badami Chalukya architecture

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The Badami Chalukya architecture was a temple building idiom that evolved in the time period of 5th – 8th centuries AD. in the area of Malaprabha basin, in present day Bagalkot district (North Karnataka) of Karnataka state. This style is sometimes called the Vesara style and Chalukya style. Their earliest temples date back to around 450 in Aihole when the Badami Chalukyas were feudatories of the Kadamba of Banavasi. According to historian K.V. Sounder Rajan, the Badami Chalukyas contribution to temple building matched their valor and their achievements in battle.

Chalukya architecture history

During 450 AD, the Chalukya style originated in Aihole and was perfected in Badami and Pattadakal.The Chalukya artists experimented with different styles, blended the Indo-Aryan Nagara and Dravidian styles, and evolved Chalukya style. The equals of the grand temples of South India do not find in North and Central India, (which was comparatively free of frequent foreign invasions).The successive rulers contributed to the work of their predecessors.

Their style includes two types of monuments.
  • The rock cut halls (caves)
  • Structural temples

Badami cave temples

Badami cave temples have rock cut halls with three basic features: pillared veranda, columned hall and a sanctum cut out deep into rock.

Early experiments in rock cut halls were attempted in Aihole where they built three cave temples, one each in Vedic, Buddhist and Jaina styles....
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