Art And Architecture Under Imperial Cholas - A Study


  • Dr. K. Baby


The period of the imperial Cholas (c. 850 CE - 1250 CE) in South India was one of continuous improvement and refinement of Chola art and architecture. They used the wealth gained from their extensive conquests to construct long-lasting stone temples and exquisite bronze sculptures in an almost entirely Hindu cultural setting. The Cholas built their temples in the style of the Pallava dynasty, which was influenced by the Amaravati school of architecture. Chola artists and artisans drew further inspiration from other contemporary art and architectural schools, elevating the Chola temple design to new heights. In addition to temples, the Cholas constructed hospitals, public utility buildings, and palaces. Many such structures are mentioned in inscriptions and in contemporary accounts. The golden palace allegedly built by Aditya Karikala for his father Sundara Chola is an example of such a structure. However, such structures were made of perishable materials, such as wood and fired bricks, and have not withstood the test of time.


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Baby, D. K. . (2024). Art And Architecture Under Imperial Cholas - A Study. Migration Letters, 21(S7), 17–21. Retrieved from