The Lad Khan Temple


The Lad Khan Temple Overview

Ranked 4 of 22 sightseeing in Aihole

The Lad Khan Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was probably built in the late 7th century or early 8th century AD. It is located to the south of the Durga Temple and is considered the oldest temple of Aihole. The temple is named after a Muslim prince who turned this temple into his residence. It was built in a panchayat hall style and is indicative of early experiments in temple building. The main shrine houses a Shiva Linga with a Nandi.

The mukha mantapa is situated in front of the sanctum and consists of a set of 12 carved pillars. The sabha mantapa leads to the maha mantapa and the pillars are arranged to form two concentric squares. The walls have floral patterns on them and the windows have lattice work done in the Northern style. Facing the sanctum, a second smaller sanctum is situated above the centre of the hall whose outer walls have many carved images.

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