poets who inspired these movements created great works of literature and
thus enriched the regional languages.
     Two other types of literature deserve notice in this context—the
chronicles of temples and dynasties. All great temples and centres of
pilgrimage produced Sanskrit collections of their legends, the Mahatmyas,
but these were soon translated into the respective vernacular language and
recited by pilgrims everywhere. Priests who were sent out to recruit pilgrims
for these centres in distant parts of the country also contributed to the spread
of this kind of literature. The chronicles of kings and local rulers
(Rajavamsavali) had a similar function. They were often produced by bards
to provide patrons with an impressive genealogy tracing back to antiquity, or
even to the age of mythical heroes. Such chronicles also often contained
legends about the temples which the respective dynasties had founded.
                       ART AND ARCHITECTURE
  Features of Nagara Style The fundamental characteristics of the Nagara
  style of temples, found all over north India, are the cruciform ground plan
  and curvilinear tower (sikhara). Certain regional variations and
  ramifications appeared in the formal development of the style, but they did
  not alter its basic characteristics.
  Temples of Orissa Of all the regional developments of the Nagara
  style, that of Orissa is one of the most remarkable. The Orissa temples
  have rightly been described as exhibiting the Nagara style ‘in its greatest
  purity’. The Parasuramesvara temple of Bhuvanesvar of 8th century AD
  illustrates an advance on the archetypal design of the Gupta period. The
  Muktesvara temple at the same place, belonging to the ninth century AD
  represents a mature expression of the Nagara style in Orissa. In course of
  time, however, the Nagara temple in Orissa assumed a particular and
  individual form. The temple of Lingaraja at Bhuvanesvar (AD 1100)
  represents the Orissan style in its maturity. The temple looks imposing
  with the effect of the height of the sikhara enhanced by the vertical lines
  of the strongly emphasised ribs. Of the temples built on this model, few,
  not even the celebrated Jagannath temple at Puri of the late 12th century
  ad, reach the massive grandeur     and dignity of the Lingaraja. However, the