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Vol -  8, Issue- 1 ,         Page(s) : 79 - 84  (2017 ) DOI :


The Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta were great patrons of art and architecture, especially cave and temple architecture. During the Rashtrakutas age that architecture- art witressed a new efflorescence. Rashtrakutas art is stimulated by religion and centre around sacred subjects. Shiva is one of the principal deities of Hinduism. One of the most striking characteristics of the rashtrakutas religious tradition is the imposrtance of Lord shiva worship. Gangadhara is a very common theme in the saivite art, Gangadhara shiva is the form of shiva that holds Ganga on his matted locks. The story of Gangadhara shiva is associated with the arrival of Ganga on earth. Ganga is the most sacred river of India.

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6. Ibid, p-115
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