Flying celestials


National Museum - New Delhi

National Museum - New Delhi
New Delhi , India

In the Deccan, over one hundred temples were built during the 7th and 8th Century within the Early Western Chalukyan Empire (10th to 12th Century C.E.). Few of these temples are Jain in affiliation and the rest Hindu, and reflect the religious leanings of different emperors.

This panel is one of the rare Chalukyan temple ceilings in the collection of National Museum. The ceiling slab depicts a flying celestial couple. This graceful representation of the couple shows their legs bent at the knees as if they are flying without the aid of wings. The male figure is clad in a short lower garment and the female is draped in a sari. The soft fluttering garments and depiction of clouds suggest skyward movement of the divine couple.


  • Title: Flying celestials
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date: 600/700
  • Location: Early Western Chalukya Aihole, Mysore, Karnataka
  • Physical Dimensions: Sandstone, 135.0 x 109.0 x 23.0 cm
  • Accession Number: L.55.22

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