THE KAILASHANATHA TEMPLE OF ELLORA
India

 

Grand Temple, Carved from the Rock Itself

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Early medieval India saw the rise of an empire based in the Deccan plateau: the Rashtrakutas.  Despite their significant power and influence, their story is little-known and under-appreciated.  From their most remarkable king, Amoghavarsha the author, to their architectural masterpiece at the caves of Ellora, we will remedy this shocking omission.

The Kailashanatha Temple, carved from the Deccan rock, is a true wonder, and Anirudh Kanisetti, historian and host of the Echoes of India, brings its magic to life. We also talk about Indian math, Sanskrit poetry, and chicken kolhapuri, a spicy Deccan specialty.

 

Sources:

 

Keay, John. India: a History

 

Lonely Planet Guide to India

Mani, Chandra Mauli. A Journey through India's Past (Great Hindu Kings after Harshavardhana)

 

Reu, Pandit Bisheshwar Nath.  History Of The Rashtrakutas

 

Rice, Edward P.  A History of Kannada Literature

 

Sample, Ian. "Asteroid that killed dinosaurs also intensified volcanic eruptions - study" in the Guardian

 

Photo by Ms Sarah Welch in wikicommons

 

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