Item Type Document
Title Influence of Chalukya architecture on Hampi stepwell
Author Pathak, Arunchandra
Author Kulkarni, U.D.
Abstract ndia has a long tradition of human interventions in the management of water for agriculture because of the country’s distinctive climate, intense monsoons followed by protracted droughts. In search of water human beings have settled on the bank of rivers. But river valley civilization is not the complete description of civilization on India. It had 200000 tanks in South and Central India. Research works on Saraswati civilization has been recently documented and published to indicate that a rich and still earlier civilization than that of Indus valley civilization existed in India. In the famous epic Mahabharata, there is a reference to different types of water storage structures such as wells, tanks. kunds, etc and it was believed to be an act to please the God to construct these structures for the benefit of public. The River Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati were regarded, as Goddesses and sculptures and idols are available in different parts of India including world famous caves of Ajantha and Ellora. These caves are located in Maharashtra near Aurangabad ( regional head quarter). Barava structure in Maharashtra is one of the sustainable water storage structures planned and developed in Medieval period. It has influence on the stepwell construction in Hampi.
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