Architecture and Sculpture of Dodda Basappa Temple
Dodda Basappa temple is based on 24-pointed uninterrupted star shaped plan. The temple is built of soapstone as its basic building material. This temple marks the mature development of the Chalukyan art which originated from basic Dravida architecture. Star points form equidistant projections.
The star projections are carried up the superstructure giving it an exotic look. The upper tiers of the seven-tiered superstructure give the look of cogged wheels with 48 dents. The pillars are finely chiselled and "complicated" though it does lack elegance. The entrance to the shrine has a decorative architrave above it with space for images. The entrance is decorated on either side with floral designs containing tiny images of dancers, musicians and even a mithuna couple. The main mandapa contain three images, one of the "five headed" Brahma and his vehicle (vahana), the goose, and two images are of Surya. The temple has two doorways with a porch each facing south and east respectively.
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