Early Chola Temples

by S. R. Balasubrahmanyam | 1960 | 105,501 words

This volume of Chola Temples covers Parantaka I to Rajaraja I in the timeframe A.D. 907-985. The Cholas of Southern India left a remarkable stamp in the history of Indian architecture and sculpture. Besides that, the Chola dynasty was a successful ruling dynasty even conquering overseas regions....

In Kalinga, the Buddhist torana model was adapted to a Hindu temple. One of the finest of the existing ornamental toranas resting on two stout, fluted pillars is found at the entrance to the Muktesvara temple at Bhuvaneswar (early 10th century a.d.); but there were perhaps earlier examples of this type.

We shall deal with the development of the gopuram during the Pallava and Chola periods.

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