Pattadakal

Pattadakal (Pattadakallu in local language ) in the Indian state of Karnataka is renowned for the group of the 8th century CE monuments

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

These are listed in the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites. Located on the banks of the river Malaprabha, Pattadakal is the capital of the Chalukya rulers. Packed with a dozen or so temples of varying sizes and antiquity, Pattadakal is one of the unique places to see that many temples of the early Chalukyan architecture.

Also it is a rare place where the south Indian & north Indian style temples share the same landscape. The oldest of them all is the Sangamesvara Temple built by king Vijayaditya during the 8 century AD. Though not the biggest of the temples in Pattadakal this temple dedicated to lord Siva is one of the fine examples of the high architectural standards maintained by the Chalukyan architecture. Almost all the temples are carved with dramatic themes from the Hindu mythology. A great majority of them is on lord Siva, especially the dancing aspects. The oldest of them all are the Mallikarjuna and the Virupaksha Temples.

Other major temples in Pattadakal include the Kadasiddheshvara Temple, Jambulinga Temple, Galaganatha Temple, Chandrashekara Temple, Papanatha Temple, Kashivishvanatha Temple and the Jain Temple.     Pattadakal in the north Karnataka is connected by road and rail. The nearest railway station for Pattadakal is Badami (about 24 kilometer southwest).

 

Galaganatha Temple

Galaganatha Temple dedicated to lord Shiva is a compact yet strikingly unique temple in Pattadakal. The most unique part of the Galaganatha Temple is its dexterously executed tower and the fluted final atop. Most likely the Galaganatha Temple was built around 750 CE during the regime of the early Chalukya king Vikramaditya II. The original temple had the typical features of a Hindu temple. That is the sanctum (garbhagriha) housing the icon of the god, a vestibule (antarala), a circumambulatory path (pradakshinapatha) around the sanctum and the vestibule , the open hall and the entrance porches to the hall.

Pattadakal location Map

Pattadakal is located in Karnataka

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