Pattadakal, Karnataka, India (info)


The monuments at Pattadakal, a World Heritage site, represent early experiments in Hindu temple architecture, incorporating both the Dravidian (or the Southern) and the Nagara (or the Northern) styles of temple architecture. Pattadakal was an early capital of the Chalukyas of Southern India, who built these temples in the seventh and eighth centuries. Of the nine temples and a Jain sanctuary, the best known is the Virupaksha temple, built by Queen Lokamahadevi c. 740 to commemorate her husband's victory over the Pallavas. ( more )

Pattadakal temple complex

A World Heritage site

Built by the Chalukyas

From 7th-8th centuries CE


Sangameshwara temple (1, 2)


Virupaksha temple


... carving


Rear walls


Temple guard


Shiva slaying demon


Amorous couple (1, 2)


Amorous couple (1, 2)


Temple interior


Nandi temple


Pillar detail (1, 2)


Pillar detail (1, 2)


Nandi with priest (more)


Kadasiddeshwara temple


Galagnath temple exterior


Jambulinga and Galagnath temples
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Mallikarjuna temple (inside)


Guard at the inner sanctum


Pillar detail (1, 2, 3)


Couple with child


Amorous couple


Amorous couple


Amorous couple


Amorous couple

 



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