The Kingdom of Kannauj

The Huns, who had destroyed the Gandharas, also levelled the Gupta empire during the 6th century and filling this power void emerged the great King Harsha, who was not only a great warrior and administrator but also a true patron of art and a poet & author himself. His capital at Kannauj was famed for being one of the most important in North India till the advent of Islam. During his reign stone temples dedicated to Hindu deities had begun to proliferate, though they had begun to appear in the Gupta period itself.  One of the earliest known Hindu stone temples dated to about 1415 A.D. which still survives intact is the temple #17 at Sanchi, where a square cell with a columned porch in the front emerged for the first time.

 

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