Set amidst a picturesque landscape along the banks of the Malaprabha River, the scenic village of Pattadakal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its ancient temple complex. It is the second capital of the Chalukya dynasty after Aihole; Pattadakal's outstanding 8th-century temples symbolize the zenith of Chalukyan architecture. Also spelled 'Pattadakalu' is a significant tourist centre in the state of Karnataka. Pattadakal is just 22 KM from Badami and about 10 KM from Aihole, both of the places renowned for Chalukya monuments. The remarkable temple structures of Pattadakal represent a convergence of the North Indian and South Indian style of temple architecture. These captivating temples take in elements of both the Dravidian or the Southern and the Northern (Indo-Aryan) or the Nagara of temple architecture. If you want to explore the beauty of this historic place, then choose any of the Pattadakal holiday packages offered at EaseMyTrip.in.
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Kadasiddeshvara, Jambulinga and Galaganatha Temples:
Kadasiddeshvara and Jambulinga Temples are fine example of North Indian-style temple architecture, characterized as they are by the curved towers (shikharas) over the inner sanctum. While, Galaganatha Temple is the largest of them all with having a well- preserved tower with stridently cut tiers of horseshoe shaped motifs and a ribbed finial.
It is one of the earliest South Indian style temples constructed by the Chalukya King- Vijayaditya (696-733 AD). Unlike other South Indian temples, the multistoried temple tower rises in a stepped Pyramidal formation and capped with a square domed roof.
Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna Temples:
The twin Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna temples symbolize the pinnacle of Chalukya temple architecture. Based on the Kailasanatha Temple in Kanchipurum, the two temples celebrate the victory of King Vikramaditya II over the Pallava rulers of Tamil Nadu. At present, Virupaksha is the only functioning shrine in the extensive temple complex. Both of these identical temples feature gracefully carved pillars and ceilings decorated with a large amount of friezes from the epics.
This Temple was built by the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta and is located on the Pattadakal-Badami Road. It belonged to the 9th century and was built according to the Dravidian style with striking sculptures.