Papanatha, Pāpanātha: 1 definition


Papanatha 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: Archaeological Survey of India: Śaiva monuments at Paṭṭadakal

The temple dedicated to God Pāpanātha is the southernmost and little away from the group of temples at Pattadakal. Pāpanātha is a modern name given by the local people. Pāpanātha (Mūlasthānamahādeva) is built in the Karnāṭa-nāgara and Drāviḍa fusion style.—A number of records have been inscribed in this temple, but none reveals the ancient name of the deity. A stela dated 1071 A.D. in the time of Someśvara II and found near the temple refers to a deity called “Kisuvoḷala mūlasthānada Mahādeva” (inscr. 37, line 13). It may be the original name of the temple. Pāpanātha is a modern name for the Liṅga in the sanctum.

The temple of Pāpanātha represents a development of the experiments done previously in the main part of the site. It fuses drāviḍa and nāgara styles in a peculiar Karnāṭa style. Revaḍi Ovajja has here taken a lot of features in Kāśīviśvanātha and Galaganātha temples. He has used elements from the Lokeśvara temple. And he has produced a lot from his own imagination. We will see that this temple is the result of several stages of construction. He may have participated to the last campaign of construction.

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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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