Papanatha Temple


Papanatha Temple Overview

Ranked 6 of 13 sightseeing in Pattadakal

Located on the southern end of Virupaksha region is the temple of Papanatha with a big hall and an anti – chamber. There are idols of the door keepers Nandi and Virabhadra located near the doorway of the inner hall. There are around 16 massive pillars that support the ceiling of the main hall.

The carvings on the wall of the temple include figures of couples and females. Scriptures of Lord Shiva along with Goddess Parvathi are present on the ceilings of the temple along with decorative carvings on the temple walls. Some of the unique designs and carvings on the external portion of the temple include elephant figures and scenes from the epic Ramayana. As per the beliefs of the people who come here, the temple was constructed in 680 AD and in stages.

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