Badami - Place To See Around

| December 31, 2012
Tags: Badami, Bagalkot, Chalukyas, rock temples

Virupaksha Temple: At Pattadakal, it was built by Queen Lokamaha Devi in 745 to honour the victory of her husband Vikramaditya II over the Pallavas. Sculptures of Hindu gods like Ugranarasimha, Nataraja, Ravananugraha and Lingodhbhava are worth seeing. Intricate carvings and ornately crafted sculptures abound.

Sangameshvara Temple: Built by Chalukya king Vijayaditya Satyashraya, the temple is the oldest in Pattadakal. On the outer wall of the temple, visitors can spot sculptures of Ugranarasimha, Nataraja. The design of the temple hall and roof of Sangameshvara and Virupaksha temple are similar. The main vimana is three storeys high.

Durga Temple: Built in the late 7th or 8th century, the shrine to goddess Durga is one of the most important temples of Aihole. All through the temple, there are beautiful carvings depicting Narasimha, Chamundi and Shiva in various poses.

Lad Khan Temple: The shrine is considered to be the oldest in Aihole. It was built during the 5th century by Chalukya kings. The temple is named after a Muslim prince, who stayed in the temple and turned into his residence. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Ravana Phadi Cave: One of the oldest rock cut temples, it dates back to 6th century. The temple houses a Shivling in the sanctum and has curved pillars with three entrances. The walls of the temples are covered with figures of Lord Shiva as Nataraja surrounded by Saptamatrikas.