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Author: Dr. Chudamani Nandagopal
Place: Sanchi, Bharhut, Delhi National Museum, Ellora,Aurangabad, Nalanda, Mahabalipuram, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal, mahakuta, Kukanur, Lakkundi, Itagi, Lakshmeshwara, Dambala, Belagavi, Khidrapura, Mysuru
Indian art is full of symbols, and of these Gajalakshmi is notable and the oldest extant sample is a relief of the Shunga times. Though it is found in the Badami Chalukya times, it is given more prominence under the Pallavas and the Rashtrakutas. But its use became more common under the Kalyana Chalukyas, Hoysalas, Vijayanagara rulers, Odeyars and Palegars. This symbol is engraved as a symbol of royalty and also on the lintels of the temples in medieval times of Karnataka with great variety.