Does it seem like you are in the mood for World Heritage Site tourism this summer? Did you say you are in Bangalore?
Ah, why don’t you travel up the state to Pattadakal! On the banks of the great Malaprabha river, what a dreamy little hamlet it is! It has become a rather important tourist spot in recent times.
It sees moderate temperatures all year round but if you are looking at optimizing your trip weather-wise, I must advise you to choose anytime between October and February! It will make it that much more memorable! You’ll find one temple after another so that’ll make it a holy trip as well! Both in one shot!
Pattadakal lies a good 440km north of Bangalore. Do you want to take the road? Then you are looking at nearly 8 hours of journey! Best option in this case is to go with KSRTC. This company has a fleet of very comfortable buses with alert and reliable drivers who will safely take you across. They are a friendly and experienced lot and make it simple to book whether on the spot or in advance. Choose whatever suits you and jump onto the bus with an overnight bag full of goodies to munch along! Take friends along, the more the merrier! If it is a holy temple trip, then family accompanying you is simply fabulous! In case you are driving your own vehicle, best is to start from Bangalore very early in the morning say at about 4.30am. You will hit Badami by afternoon for sure so you can make a nice, stretched lunch layover there before proceeding to Pattadakal.
Since it is so hot these days, wouldn’t you rather travel quicker and in more comfort perhaps, like by train? Bad news is that takes almost as long!! And what is worse, Pattadakal does not even have a railway station it can call its own. You’ll travel through Badami and Aihole to reach Pattadakal. Badami, Sholapur Junction or Hubli Junctions are among 3 nearby train stations connected to Bangalore. If you alight at Badami, you can hail a taxi and it’ll ferry you to Pattadakal which is about 15 km away.
So now what? It is holiday time and we aren’t in a hurry so why think so hard. Let us figure out how to go about this. If you do plan to hop onto the train after all, I’ll tell you there are several trains to choose from. Depending on what time of the day you can manage to start, you have the Karnataka Express, Vivek Express, Coimbatore Express and Snsi Mysore Express among others. IRCTC has revolutionized the way we used to look at arduous train journey bookings months in advance! Just log onto the site and see what suits you. If are lucky, you may not have to wait beyond the press of a button and phew you’re on your way!
If you crank up your budget, you could even fly into Pattadakal but again remember that you have flights only up to say Hubli. Get there and arrange to get to Pattadakal. A one way ticket cold cost you up to Rs. 3150/- Whichever way, if you’ve set your mid to a getaway at Pattadakal, just go for it! Are you game?
Train Route Map for Badami, Pattadakal and Aihole. Badami is the nearest railway station
See Also : How to Reach Pattadakal
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 ).
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.
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.