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New Discoveries: II. Significance of the New Find at Khajuraho: Gahapati Kokkala's Vaidyanatha Temple?

Title:New Discoveries: II. Significance of the New Find at Khajuraho: Gahapati Kokkala's Vaidyanatha Temple?
Author:Desai, Devangana
Publication:Marg
Enumeration:Vol. 51 Issue no. 3; March 2000, p. 61-66
Abstract:The significance of the Bijamandala temple excavated at Khajuraho in 1999, discussed by Phani Kanta Mishra in the preceding article, is further analysed here. The writer raises many questions, and compares the sculptured mouldings of the plinth and sculptures of Sarasvati and Jain tirthankaras with those on other temples at Khajuraho. The Bijamandala mound is associated with Vaidyanatha, Shiva the healer. The writer discusses the possibility that this may be the lost Vaidyanatha temple built by Gahapati Kokkala, mentioned in an inscription on a slab dated 1001 CE which was discovered by Major General Cunningham in 1865 standing loose in the porch of the Vishvanatha temple at Khajuraho.

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