Galaganatha, Galaganātha: 2 definitions


Galaganatha means something in the history of ancient India. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

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Source: Wisdom Library: India History

Galaganātha (गलगनाथ) is one of the eight temples located in a space to the north of the village Paṭṭadakal, arrayed in a rectangle of about 180 x 140 m on the western bank of the river.

Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal

Galaganātha is the name of a temple at Paṭṭadakal in the Karnāṭa-nāgara style.—With the temple called nowadays Galaganātha, we have a Karnāṭa Nāgara temple of a new stature and larger dimension. It appears to be purely nāgara, being devoid of any drāviḍa element. It compares well with monuments at Alampur, with the Kumārabrahma temple for example. For this reason M. A. Dhaky has proposed to date it in the reign of Vinayāditya (685-696). It is unfortunately badly damaged.

The plan is comprised of a garbhagṛha with an antechamber, open to the east, an ambulatory closed by an external wall around them, a hypostyle pavilion of which only traces remain; the whole is on a large rectangular platform. The garbhagṛha is a square, the largest in the site. There is a large Liṅga, the piṇḍikā of which is lost, so that the octagonal part and the top of the square part are visible. The major portion of the square part is buried, being placed on a foundation stone called brahmaśilā.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as mythology, zoology, royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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