Pattadakal stands as an epitome for Chalukyan architecture.It was once capital for Chalukyas.There are many small shrines along with major shrines in the Pattadakal complex.You can see four Nagara style temples as well as four Dravidian style temples and one a fusion of both styles.
1. Virupaksha temple
Built by :Lokamahadevi
Reason:To commemorate the victory of her husband Vikramaditya II over pallavas of kanchi.
What one can see:It’s mainly shaiva temple and all the pillars outside prahara are engraved with stories related to Shiva.Even some pillar has Vishnu,harihara,shiva and Parvathi reliefs etc.There is a large nandhi shrine facing the north of this temple.
2. Mallikarjuna temple
Built by :TriLokyamahadevi
Reason:It’s also built to commemorate the victory of her husband Vikramaditya II over pallavas of kanchi.
What one can see:Pillars inside mantapa has stories of Mahabharata,Ramayana and many moral stories.It’s smaller in size compared to Virupaksha but inside temple speaks a lot with your eyes.Whereas Virupaksha temple’s outer prahara speaks lot to us.
These are the two main temples am attracted to
3. Galaganatha Temple
This temple is incomplete but shows Nagara style
4. Jambulinga temple and Kadasiddheshwara temple
Situated behind the Galaganatha temple.
5. Sangameshwara temple
It’s the oldest temple in Pattadakal.Check out this
Pattadakal-Mallikarjuna temple and Virupaksha temple at Background
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