The temple architecture of which among the following has shown a transition from the Rock Cut Architecture to the Stone built temples?

Answer: [D] Pallavas

Most important Features of the Pallava Architecture

§  The Pallava architecture shows the transition from the Rock Cut Architecture to the Stone built temples.

§  The earliest examples of the Pallava art are the rock cut temples of the 7th century AD, while the later examples are of structural temples built in 8th and 9th century.

§  The rock cut reliefs of the Pallavas are the earliest surviving royal portraits after the Kushana images.

§  At the end of 6th century, King Harsha ruled in the North and he patronized the Buddhist Institutions. In South, Pallavas expanded themselves from the much of the Andhra Pradesh of today to much of Tamil Nadu.

The Pallava Kings are known to be one of the greatest patrons of the art, music, architecture, dance and literature. King Mahendravarman was a poet and a playwright who wrote a satire on contemporary life titled “Mattavilasa Prahasana”. Another King of Pallava Dynasty named Rajsimha (Narsimhamvaraman) was such a great lover of art that he used the title “Kalasamudra” for himself.

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