Pattadakal Travel Guide
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Best time to visit Pattadakal in the next six months
- State: Karnataka
- Famous for/as: Heritage
These temples are popular under the name of ‘Chalukyas’ and form a part of the earliest experiments of the Vesara style of Hindu temple architecture. These temples also made Pattadakal a World Heritage Site in the year 1987. Pattadakal displays both Dravidian and the Nagara styles of temple architecture. Its temples include a Jain Sanctuary accompanied by many small shrines and plinths.
Amongst the range of Chalukya temples, the Sangameshvara Temple is the oldest one, which was built by the Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya. The temple is built in the Dravidian style of architecture and has a display of a Sanctum in its inner passage and Nataraja sculptures on the outer walls.
The Virupaksha Temple is the other significant temple in Pattadakal known for the old Kannada inscriptions present on its victory pillar that belong to the 8th century. Other significant temples in Pattadakal village include the Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Kadasiddhesvara Temple, Galganatha Temple, Jain Temple, Papanatha Temple, and many more.
The tradition and culture of Pattadakal village is not only depicted through its temples but can also be seen in its festivals, namely the Banashankari Temple Festival, Virupaksha Temple Car Festival and the Mallikarjuna Temple Festival. Along with these, there is also an annual dance festival held in the village known as the Chalukya Utsava.
These festivals are held in the village between January and April. The activities of these festivals combined with a pleasant weather makes this time of the year, the best time to visit Pattadakal.
The city of Pattadakal also offers many other places to visit apart from its temples in and around the village like Badami Cave Temples, Mahakuta, Aihole, Sudi, Lakkundi, Alampur and many others.
The village of Pattadakal is well connected and easy to reach through road, rail, and air from the other states of India. The nearest railway station to Pattadakal lies at Badami (24 km). It is also connected through airlines through the airport at Belgaum, which is at a distance of 205 kilometres from the village.
- Jain Temple
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- Mallikarjuna Temple
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- Sangamesvara Temple
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- Papanatha Temple
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