Karnata-dravida, Karnāṭa-drāviḍa: 1 definition


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Source: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal

The Karnāṭa-drāviḍa temple at Paṭṭadakal can be grossly characterized by a garbhagṛha open to the east, surrounded by a closed ambulatory passageway, lighted with screened windows, eventually preceded by an antechamber called śukanāsī, two subsidiary shrines dedicated probably to Gaṇeśa and to the Goddess at the start and end of the ambulatory passageway, a large five-bays closed hypostyle pavilion with free-standing pillars and a raised central nave, opened on three porches. Their most prominent feature is the tower crowning the garbhagṛha, of the drāviḍa model composed of bhadraśālā and karṇakūṭa aedicules, with a śukanāsī projection on the east when there is an antechamber.

We formulate the hypothesis that the group of the Karnāṭa-Nāgara temples predates the Karnāṭa-Drāviḍa group. The latter has been introduced on the site of Paṭṭadakal by a royal will, the foundation of Vijayeśvara by Vijayāditya, then pursued by the will of the queens of Vikramāditya II.

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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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