Pattadakal in north Karnataka is an ancient complex of Hindu and Jain temples of 7th and 8th century CE. The place has numerous temples which are quite significant and are visited by pilgrims from all around the nation. The place is situated at the banks of Malaprabha river in the district of Bagalakote. This river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is an add on to the pride of the place. Pattadakal is well-defined by UNESCO as a ‘harmonious blend of architectural forms from the north and south India’. The art and beauty of the temples of Pattadakal are very unique and electrifying and that makes it a place worth visiting. The temples here are mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva. The place is rather considered holy because of the river which is turned towards the Himalayas. The monuments and inscriptions on them teach a lot about ancient time and attract a great number of people on a yearly basis.
This is one of the largest temples in Pattadakal and was particularly built in the 8th century for the purpose of commemorating the victory of the king Vikramaditya II over the Pallavas of Kanchi. Furthermore, there are many multiple inscriptions as well as the stone carvings which are featured on the stone Mantapa and along with this the sculptures of various Hindu Gods are also specifically found in this temple.
This temple was built and constructed by the Rashtrakutas. What is really great about this temple is the fact that it displays the Nagara architecture. Moreover, the pillars in the passage of this temple have more of female figurines engraved on them.
The Mallikarjuna Temple is quite similar in terms of architecture as well as infrastructure to the Virupaksha temple. It is only just that this temple is somewhat smaller in its size. Built during the 7th century, this temple follows the Dravidian architectural style.
If you visit Pattadakal then one of the best options in terms of things to do would be to go shopping. Isn’t that amazing? From here you might just be able to buy a souvenir for your loved ones as it is the little things which make a difference in our lives bringing a certain sense of joy and happiness.
Furthermore, you will be also finding somewhat small figurines of Gajalakshmi and Kubera in the vicinity of the temple.
This temple is built in the Nagara style initially. However, the architecture was changed and the temple was later rebuilt in the Dravidian style of architecture. If you visit this temple then you will be finding a lot of insightful carvings on the walls of this temple.
The best time to visit Pattadakal is from October to March. During this time of the year, the overall temperature and climatic conditions are very pleasant for tourism activities.
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