The motifs employed in these temples are a fine blend of Pratihara and Kalachuri art styles.
Though this part of the Vind_hyas was under the suzerainty of the Kalachuris and the majority of temples reported from the region belong to the Kalachuri style, the derivation of Pratihara motifs (Garuda and nagashakhas) in these temples needs to be interpreted in future studies.
The ancient Licchavi adhikaranas or offices of the Chancery and official titles such as Sarvadandanayaka, Mahabaladyaksya, Mahasamanta, Mahapratihara, pratihara
or dauvarika , and dutaka are presumably replaced by Mahatha, Murtyamga Mahapatra, Kayastha, Upadhyaya, Jyotisa, Amatya, etc.
The exhibition opens with one artefact which, immediately, situates the visitor in the mythical context of the Ramayana: a large size Standing Vishnu (sandstone, Pratihara
, North India, ninth century).
Kannauj at this time was a coveted prize for three regional powers locked in perennial conflict--the Rastrakutas in the south, the Pratiharas
in the west, and the Palm in the east.