‘Its a grand painting’, when seen from distance.
Patttadkal has some of the finest temples of its time. And after visiting Aihole, we were looking forward to be here. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is located about 13 kms (8 miles) from Aihole in Karnataka, India.
The moment you step into this place, it looks like “a collection of gems sprung from the earth to celebrate the victories of the kings in all its splendor”. The temples are meticulously designed and were built in the honor of the Chalukyan Triumphs during the 7th and 8th centuries.
There are ten monuments here, including a Jain sanctuary and the vast evolvement in technique and expertise in contrast to Aihole temples is quite evident. The ‘Rekhanagara Prasada’ and the ‘Dravida Vimana’ styles of architecture were molded into these monuments (as documented).
Creativity comes alive in the exquisite statues and pillar depictions presenting the stories of Bhagvad Githa, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The perfect sculpture of eight-handed Shiva in the 8th century Galaganath Temple, the geometrical windows in the 7th century Sangameshwara Temple and the lavishly decorated Virupaksha Temple – all can be witnessed in this place.
Though over time (1300 years), parts of a few structures are in ruins, still they seem so perfect and in place.
It goes without saying, the stones here are chiseled into impeccable creations and the striking temples demonstrate it beyond words.
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Link – For more information about Pattadkal, see the Archaeological Survey of India Website
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