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Located on the banks of the Malaprabha river in Karnataka, Pattadakal was the place where the coronation of the Chalukya Kings took place. It was earlier known as Kisuvolal or valley of red soil. It finds mention in Ptolemy’s Geography. #WalkToTemple @LostTemple7 @ReclaimTemples
A UNESCO World Heritage site since 1987, the ten temples here are a blend of different northern and southern Indian architectural forms with interesting architectural features. Nine of these temples are Hindu while one is a Jain temple. #WalkToTemple
Four temples exhibit Dravidian features, four of them exhibit the Nagara or North Indian features while the Papanatha Temple is a beautiful fusion of both. #WalkToTemple
On the walls of these temples you can find beautiful carvings that depict different Gods, demons, soldiers and scenes from the Hindu epics of Ramayana and Mahabharata. #WalkToTemple
The different temples are named Virupaksha, Sangameshvara, Chandrashekhara, Mallikarjuna, Kashivisvanatha, Galganatha, Kadasiddheswara, Jambulingeswara, Papanatha and the Jain Temple. #WalkToTemple
The Virupaksha Temple was built by Queen Loka Mahadevi (originally named as Lokeswara) after the successful military campaigns of King Vikramaditya II against the Pallavas. #WalkToTemple
The Mallikarjuna Temple was originally called the Trailokeswara temple is almost similar to the Virupaksha Temple with only a few noticeable differences between the two. #WalkToTemple
The Sangameswara Temple was built in 720 CE by Vijayaditya and originally named as the Vijayeswara temple. The walls have beautiful sculptures of the different avatars of Mahavishnu and Lord Siva. #WalkToTemple
The Kadasiddheswara Temple features the North Indian Rekha-Nagar form with the shukanasa showcasinga dancing Shiva and Parvati. #WalkToTemple
The Jambulingeswara Temple is also a twin of the Kadasiddheswara Temple. The ceilings and the walls have carvings of makaras and vyalas (a composite leonine creature with the head of a tiger, elephant, bird, or other animal). #WalkToTemple
The Kashivisvanatha Temple was built by the Rashtrakutas in the 8th Century in the Nagara style. #WalkToTemple
The Galganatha Temple has a sculpture of the Lord Shiva in the posture of killing Andhakasura the demon. It features the Rekha Nagara Prasada architectural style which is a shikhara square at the base and the walls curve or slopes inwards to a point on top. #WalkToTemple
The Chandrashekhara Temple is a modest temple located on the left side of the Sangameshwara temple, and features simple architecture. This is an example of the tolerance that is exhibited by PEACEFUL people. #WalkToTemple
Papanatha Temple began as a Nagara style but was converted to the Vesara style resulting in a fusion of both styles. The ceiling is carved with images of Shiva & Parvati, Vishnu surrounded by Dikpalas, Nagaraja, & Gajalakshmi, while the walls depict Ramayana. #WalkToTemple
The Jain Temple built about a century after the temple complex by Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta is a three storied temple and has beautiful sculptures. It consists of a garbhagriha, a navaranga, a mukhamantapa and a shukanasa. #WalkToTemple
Anyone who loves architecture should read about these temples in detail and then visit. It would take about half a day to really take in the beauty of these temples. I have not been able to add images of each temple which would have been ideal. My apologies.
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