Aihole is located about 124 km / 77 miles northwest of Hampi, was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas. The temples of Aihole ( 125 plus in number ) are known for the experiment of different styles of architectures that used to construct them. Dated from around 6th century to 12th century CE , some of the Aihole temples are examples of rock architecture at its best.
Some of the popular temple are Kontigudi group of temples (Lad Khan temple, Huchiappayyagudi temple & the Huchiappayya math), the Galaganatha group of temples along the riverside, Durga temple known for its peculiar architecture, the hilltop Meguti Jain temple, the Suryanarayana temple dedicated to the sun God and the Ravanaphadi temple which is a rock cut temple.
As a norm tourists club visit to Aihole with the other important destinations nearby like Badami cave temples and the Pattadakalgroup of temples. Badami is the nearest railway station for Aihole. Since this is a minor rail route, bus is a better option.
Aihole is located about 124 km / 77 miles northwest of Hampi, was the ancient capital of the Chalukyas. The temples of Aihole ( 125 plus in number ) are known for the experiment of different styles of architectures that used to construct them. Dated from around 6th century to 12th century CE , some of the Aihole temples are examples of rock architecture at its best.

Some of the popular temple are Kontigudi group of temples (Lad Khan temple, Huchiappayyagudi temple & the Huchiappayya math), the Galaganatha group of temples along the riverside, Durga temple known for its peculiar architecture, the hilltop Meguti Jain temple, the Suryanarayana temple dedicated to the sun God and the Ravanaphadi temple which is a rock cut temple.
As a norm tourists club visit to Aihole with the other important destinations nearby like Badami cave temples and the Pattadakalgroup of temples. Badami is the nearest railway station for Aihole. Since this is a minor rail route, bus is a better option.

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Places Near Pattadakal
Places Near Pattadakal

Andhakasura
Andhakasura

Lord Shiva slaying Andhakasura, the blind demon, is a popular mythological theme carved on many Shiva Temples. At Pattadakal you can see a giant image in the south side of the Galaganatha Temple. The story goes like this. While in the mount Mandhara a baby was born to Parvati and Shiva. Shiva was in a meditating posture and Parvati closed his eyes mischievously from behind. The boy appeared out of Parvati's sweat. Shiva explains to Parvati that since his eyes were closed, the baby was born blind and calls him Andhaka (the blind). Since he posed devilish qualities he was called Andhakasura (the blind demon ).

Kadasiddheswara Temple
Kadasiddheswara Temple

Dedicated after Shiva, Kadasiddheswara Temple is the first temple you will be visiting as you enter the Pattadakal site. In size this temple is much smaller than say the Virupaksha Temple or the Mallikarjuna Temple , located further deep in the site. Possibly this temple was constructed during the regime of the Chalukya king Vijayaditya (696 - 733 CE). And this temple remains as an example of one of the earliest experiments the Chalukya clans did in the temple architecture. Otherwise this is built in what is called the Nagara style of architecture.

Hinduism
Hinduism

Well, this is piece for those of you who are new to the concepts of Hinduism. To that extend this is an oversimplified narration to make the understanding easier. For those who are keen to know more, the scope and resources are endless. So that's a disclaimer to begin with! Though it is referred with a single common name , Hinduism, it is in fact a conglomeration of many sects, sub sects , often with its own pantheons, beliefs and religious practices. Unlike many religions, Hinduism doesn't have definite a founder. The religion practically 'evolved' over 4000 years or so into its present form.

Bangalore to Pattadakal
Bangalore to Pattadakal

Mythologies
Mythologies

Mumbai to Pattadakal
Mumbai to Pattadakal

Hubli to Badami
Hubli to Badami

Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal Circuit
Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal Circuit

Pattadakal Hotels
Pattadakal Hotels

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