Temples of Medieval Deccan India
Lecture by George Michell
Given at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on June 17, 2022
Synopsis: The Deccan plateau of peninsular India witnessed an unparalleled efflorescence in sacred Hindu and Jain architecture and art in the medieval age. Temples dedicated to Brahmanical deities and Jain saviors testify to the remarkable skills of the architects, masons, and sculptors responsible for these spectacular monuments. This lecture focuses on the greatest religious monuments of this tradition, from the 8th-century Chalukya temples at Pattadakal to those built by the 12th-century Hoysala rulers at Halebid and Belur. Illustrated with glorious images from his book, Temples of Deccan India: Hindu and Jain, 7th to 13th Centuries, scholar George Michell discusses temples still in active worship as well as more remote sites rarely visited by travelers.
George Michell is a world authority on South Asian architecture, and a founder-trustee of the Deccan Heritage Foundation. Click here to learn more about him.
Top Image: Pattadakal temples – Photo by Ashwin Kumar / Flickr