Monuments at Patadakkal - The architectural heritage of the Chalukya dynasty, the group comprises ten temples of exquisite artistry.

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Pattadakal is located in the state of Karnataka. The best form of art and architecture that existed during the Chalukya dynasty has been displayed here in the Group of Monuments at Pattadakal. The monuments showcase a fine blend of architectural style of northern as well as southern India. The monuments at Pattadakal has been declared as a World Heritage Site, consisting of a group of ten major temples, each surpassing the other in architectural beauty.

Temple at PattadakalTemples in Pattadakal
The monuments of Pattadakal were constructed around 7th and 8th centuries. Temples of Pattadakal are a combination of the Rekha Nagara Prasada and the Dravida Vimana form of temple construction. Pattadakal comprises a wonderful series of Hindu temples and a Jain sanctuary. The oldest of the temples group here is the Sangamesvara temple which was built by Vijayaditya Satyasraya.

The first of the wonderful temples that you will get to see in the complex are the 8th century Kaddi Siddesvara Temple and the Galaganatha Shrine. The Mallikarjuna and Virupaksha temples were built by two queens of Vikramaditya II. They were constructed to mark the win of the Chalukyas over Pallavas.

The Virupaksha temple, built by Queen Lokamahadevi, was previously called as Lokeshwara. The temple is a fine example of the southern Dravidan architectural style. The Jambulinga Temple boasts of a dancing image of the Hindu God, Shiva. He is shown together with his bull, Nandi and wife, Parvati. This temple is a fine example of the northern style of architecture.

A couple of other significant temples within the complex include the Chandrashekhara and Kadasideeshwara temples.These two are well known for their architecture. Outside the complex and presently under restoration is the Rastrakuta Jain Temple. This temple stands on the bank of the Malaprabha ( Tungabhadra River).

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The Group Of Monuments at Pattadakal were designated the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site in the year 1987. These monuments mark the zenith of the art and architecture during the Chalukya dynasty.


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