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Two Chalukya Queens and their Commemorative Temples -- Eighth-century Pattadakal Royal Patrons and Great Temple Art, edited by Vidya Dehejia,

Title:Two Chalukya Queens and their Commemorative Temples -- Eighth-century Pattadakal Royal Patrons and Great Temple Art, edited by Vidya Dehejia,
Author:Radcliffe Bolon, Carol
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 39-2, p. 61-76
Abstract:The powerful Chalukya emperor Vikramaditya II, who ruled over an extensive kingdom in the Deccan, married two sisters of the Kalachuri royal family, Lokamahadevi and Trailokyamahadevi, and in his honour the two queens patronized the building of two major Pattadakal temples. Named originally after the donors as Lokeshvara and Trailokeshvara, they are now known as the Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna and each is dedicated to Shiva.The spiritual merit of temple patronage would accrue to the donor, but it is likely that King Vikramaditya II considered these temples to be expressions of his own power and religious devotion. In these monuments one encounters the full glory of the southern mode of architecture as well as of the sculpture of early Karnataka during the rule of the early Chalukya dynasty. The inscriptions on the temples provide much information about their patronage, age, architects, and the guilds that built them, and some of the names of the artists who did the carvings are also given.

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