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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Mumbai to Pattadakal
Mumbai to Pattadakal

Chalukya Architecture
Chalukya Architecture

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.

Pattadakal
Pattadakal

Mythologies
Mythologies

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 ).

Hubli to Badami
Hubli to Badami

Pattadakal , Karnataka
Pattadakal , Karnataka

Pattadakal (Pattadakallu in local language ) in the Indian state of Karnataka is renowned for the group of the 8th century CE monuments. Pattadakal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Virupaksha temple
Virupaksha temple

The Virupaksha Temple of Pattadakal signifies the high watermark of the Early Chalykyan architecture. This temple was built in commemoration to the victory of the Chalykyas over the Pallavas of the Kanchipuram.

Places Near Pattadakal
Places Near Pattadakal

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