Art and Architecture in Guptas Period:
Ancient Indian art was influenced primarily by religion.
As before, Buddhism also gave art a major boost in the Gupta period.
The best examples of Buddhist art in the Gupta era have been the Ajanta cave paintings.
These pictures represent the life of Buddha and the tales of Jataka.
It was the first time in the Gupta era that temples were built in northern India in the form of structures.
These temples were constructed in the Nagara architectural style.
Two of these temples were located in Uttar Pradesh, one constructed of bricks in Bhitargaon, in Kanpur, and the other of stone at Deogarh in Jhansi.
In the seventh and eighth centuries, the Pallava rulers constructed stone temples to house the depictions of these gods.
The seven rathas or temples are most prominent, each of them constructed from a solid stone founded by King Narasimhavarman on Mahabalipuram, 65 km from Chennai.
The Pallavas also constructed multiple structural temples. One of the main is the temple of Kailashnath, built in the eighth century.
Dravida was the southern style of architecture.