Monuments of India


Site Key

before 1000 A.D. 900 A.D. - 1400 A.D. after 1300 A.D.
North Index I: Sanchi stupas; Pratiharas in Rajasthan Index IV: Khajuraho (Chandella dynasty) Index VII: the Mughals; Taj Mahal; Rajputana; Goa
Deccan Index II: Ajanta, Elephanta, and Ellora cave-temples; the Early Chalukyas Index V: Badami (Late Chalukya); Warangal (Kakatiya) Index VIII: Vijayanagara; Islamic kingdoms
South Index III: Mamallapuram Index VI: various Chola and Hoysala sites Index IX: Nayaka kingdoms; Mysore
East Index X: Nalanda and Bodhgaya; Bhubaneshwar Index XI: Konarak Index XII: Calcutta

Also: Museums, Other Sights, Reference Pages, and a Map of India


Site Index, Part I: North, Central, and West India before 1000

Prehistoric (c. 8000 BC - 3000 BC)
Bhimbetka (5)

Maurya and Shunga (Central India, 3d - 1st century BC)
Column of Heliodorus (1)
Sanchi (43)

Gupta (Central India, 4th - 6th century)
Sarnath (2)
Udayagiri (M.P.) (6)

Pratihara (West India, 8th - 11th century)
Jagat, Devi temple (20)
Nagda, Hindu temples (7)
Osian, Harihara and Jain temples (16)

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Site Index, Part II: Deccan before 1000

Prehistoric (first millennium BC)
Nagarjunakonda, cist burial (1)

Satavahana (Deccan, 2d century BC - 3d century AD)
Ajanta, Cave 9 (1)

Ikshvaku (East Deccan, 3d - 4th century)
Nagarjunakonda, early Buddhist monasteries (3)

Vakataka (Deccan, 4th - 5th century)
Ajanta, later caves (15)

Kalachuri (Deccan, 6th century)
Elephanta, Cave temple of Shiva (9)

Early Chalukya (Deccan, 6th - 8th century)
Aihole, cave and structural temples (34)
Badami, cave and structural temples (30)
Ellora, Buddhist and Hindu cave temples (19)
Pattadakal, structural temples (35)

Rashtrakuta (Deccan, 7th - 10th century)
Ellora, Kailasanatha and later Hindu and Jain cave temples (22)

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Site Index, Part III: South India before 1000

Pallava (South India, 7th - 9th century)
Kanchipuram -
Kailasanatha temple (3)
Mamallapuram - Pancha Rathas (12), Shore Temple (4), Arjuna's Penance (9), Varaha Cave Temple (3), Krishna Mandapa (3)

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Site Index, Part IV: North India, 900 - 1400

Chandella and Paramara (Central India, 10th - 12th century)
Bhojpur (3)
Khajuraho (33)

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Site Index, Part V: Deccan, 900 - 1400

Late Chalukya (Deccan, 10th - 12th century)
Badami -
temples (12)

Kakatiya (Deccan, c. 1050 - 1323)
Hanamkonda - Thousand-Pillared Temple (5)
Warangal - Svayambhu Temple (6)

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Site Index, Part VI: South India, 900 - 1400

Chola (South India, 9th - 13th century)
Thanjavur -
Brihadeshvara temple (15), Rajaraja museum (16)
Madras - Chola Bronzes (5)

Western Ganga (South India, 9th - 10th century)
Shravanabelgola - Gommateshvara colossus (15)

Hoysala (South India, 11th - 13th century)
Belur -
Chennakeshava Temple (20)
Halebid - Hoysaleshvara Temple (17)
Somnathpur - Keshava Temple (22)

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Site Index, Part VII: North India, after 1300

Delhi Sultanate (13th - 14th century)
Delhi -
Qutb Minar (7)

Mughal (North and Central India, 16th - 18th century)
Agra -
Itmad-ud-daulah Tomb (4), Agra Fort (11), and Taj Mahal (13)
Delhi - Humayun Tomb (4)
Fatehpur Sikri - Palace Complex (20) and Jami Masjid (7)
Sikandra - Tomb of Akbar (4)

Rajput (West India, 15th - 19th century)
Amber -
Palace (10).
Jaipur - Hawa Mahal (1), Jantar Mantar Observatory (10), City Palace (4), and Galta (2)
Jaisalmer - City (8)
Jodhpur - Mandor Gardens (6), Meherangarh Fort (8), and Jaswant Singh Memorial (2)
Nagaur - Fort (10)
Orchha - Citadel and Palaces (7)
Udaipur - Ranakpur Jain Temple (7), City Palace (7)

Colonial Period
Goa - Sri Dalsa Devi Temple (4), Basilica of Bom Jesu (4), Church of St. Francis and Se Cathedral (5)

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Site Index, Part VIII: Deccan, after 1300

Vijayanagara (Deccan and South India, 14th - 17th century)
Bangalore -
Nandi Temple (3)
Kanchipuram - Ekambareshvara Temple (5)
Hampi - Vijayanagara Site (85)

Adil Shahi (Bijapur, 16th - 18th century)
Badami - Tomb (2)

Maratha (Deccan, 17th - 18th century)
Badami - Banashankari Temple (3)
Ellora - Grishneshvara Temple (1)
Thanjavur - Nayaka Palace (2)

Qutb Shahi (Hyderabad, 16th - 17th century)
Golconda - Fort (3) and Royal Tombs (3)

Asaf Jahi (Hyderabad, mid-18th century - 20th century)
Hyderabad - Chau Mahalla Palace (2)

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Site Index, Part IX: South India, after 1300

Nayaka (South India, 16th - 17th century)
Madurai -
Alagar Temple (9), Minakshi Temple (13), Tirumalai Nayaka Palace (4)
Srirangam - Ranganatha Temple (16)
Thanjavur - Nayaka Palace (2)

Wodeyar (Mysore, 16th - 18th century)
Mysore - Shwetha Varahaswami Temple (1), Nandi monolith (1)

Tipu Sultan (Mysore, 2d half of 18th century)
Srirangapatnam - Jami Masjid (3) and Gumbaz mausoleum (3)

Colonial Period and Later (16th - 20th century)
Madras - Church of St. Thomas (2), Kapaleshvara Temple (3)
Mysore - Amba Vilasa Palace (3), Lalitha Mahal (1)

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Site Index, Part X: East India, before 1000

Maurya (323-185 BC)
Dhauli -
Ashoka's Rock Edict (3)

Chedi (2d century BC - 1st century AD)
Udayagiri (Khandagiri) - Jain Cave Temples (8)

Pala (7th - 12th century)
Nalanda - Buddhist University (19)

Orissan dynasties, 8th - 12th century
Ratnagiri - Buddhist Monastery (12)
Udayagiri - Buddhist Monastery (5)
Bhubaneshwar - Hindu Temples (31)
Bodhgaya - Mahabodhi Temple (10)

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Site Index, Part XI: East India, 900-1400

Somavamshi (9th - early 11th century)
Hirapur -
Chaunsath Yogini Temple (9)

Eastern Ganga (10th - 14th century)
Konarak - Surya Temple (12)

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Site Index, Part XII: East India, after 1300

Colonial Period and Later (16th - 20th century)
Calcutta -
High Court (1)
Bodhgaya - Daibutsu (1)

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Museums
Bangkok (Thailand) -
Bangkok National Museum (2)
Bombay - Prince of Wales Museum (17)
Bhopal - Birla Museum (3)
Calcutta - Indian Museum (33)
Madras - Government Museum (5)
New Delhi - New Delhi Museum (21)
Thanjavur - Rajaraja Museum (16)
Udaipur - City Palace Museum (1)
Varanasi - Bharat Kala Bhavan Museum (16)

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Other Sights
Dance:

  • Bharat Natyam (5)
  • Kathakali (1)
  • Lambadi (1)
  • Gotipua (2)
    People (19)
    Scenery (7)
    Scholars (4)
    Shrines (10)

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    Reference
    Bibliography
    Glossary and Index
    Jain Iconography
    Map of India
    Parts of a North Indian Temple
    Parts of an East Indian Temple
    Parts of a Stupa
    Spelling and Pronunciation
    Timeline of the Art of India
    Web Resources

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