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Well-preserved heritage

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Group Of Monuments In Pattadakal

Snehal Raibole
23rd Jan 17

Virupaksha Temple outside view

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Virupaksha Temple

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24th Oct 17

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Venson Lobo

Venson Lobo3.6/5

28 reviews

School of art

A area covering the UNESCO world heritage site, will just give you goose bumps when you enter into the complex. Beautifully carved and more over should appreciate the maintenance of such history.
How to reach?
From Badami get on any bus that goes through Statical. I forgot the price, but it was quite cheaper; less than 50 bucks.
The bus won't drop you right outside the gates, you need to walk for 5mins, but you'll be able to see the complex from the drop point. So nothing to worry.

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Shyamala Kamath

Shyamala Kamath4.3/5

12 reviews


Its in Bagalkote district Karnataka state. Visual treat to your eyes. World heritage centre. Well maintained surrounding.
Good for people interested in History, archeology, art and photography.
We visited in the evening around 4pm. Its ideal to visit in the evening rather in the hot sun.
Eatables are available in the vicinity.
Other tourist places like Badami, Ihole, and koodala sangam is nearby.
Washrooms and drinking water facility is available.
Paid entry.
Photography allowed.
Information is centre is available.
Nice place to relax in the evening.
Better to avoid during day time as this place is too sunny and hot even in December.

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Pattadakal Overview

Pattadakal, also known as Pattadakalu in Kannada, is a village in the state of Karnataka. This village is situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River in Bagalkot District. It lies 22 km from Badami and 10 km from Aihole and is the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty of Southern India. The village is well renowned for its range of temples that belong to the group of 8th century monuments.

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.

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Jain Temple, Pattadakal

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Jain Temple, Pattadakal
Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

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Snehal Raibole

Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal
Jain Temple, Pattadakal

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Snehal Raibole

Jain Temple, Pattadakal
Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

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Snehal Raibole

Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

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