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The sculpture of Kasivisvesvara Temple
was one of the earliest architectural buildings to define the Karnataka dravida tradition. Kasivisvesvara Temple is a double shrined temple or 'dwikuta.' There are two shrines within the temple complex. The principle shrine faces east and the presiding deity is Kasivisvesvara or Lord Shiva
. The other shrine is dedicated to the sun god, Surya. The sculpture of Kasivisvesvara Temple reflects a shift in style of the Chalukyan art and architecture. In this temple the stone work is sharper and crisper. Four inner bands of scrolls decorate the southern doorway.
The lintel of the doorway is adorned with the sculpted image of Gaja-Lakshmi with elephants presented on either side. Above the lower cornice the entablature comprises smaller carved figures. The decoration of the eastern doorway lacks the grandeur of the southern one. Above the cornice the sculpted figures of a procession of men and animals are to be found. The three Hindu gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Maheshwara, are placed above the men and animals.
Inside the temple the lathe-turned pillars are sculpted with bracketed figures. These bracketed figures comprise little lions, kirthimukhas (demon faces) and scrolls. Sculptural depictions of deities were less.
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