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“History of the Chalukyan Empire Preserved in Stone.”

Group of Monuments in Pattadakal
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Owner description: This UNESCO World Heritage site includes Virupaksha Temple, Sangameshvara Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Kashivisvanatha Temple, Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara' temples, Galganatha temple, Jain Temple, Papanatha temple and Museum of the Plains and Sculpture gallery.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We visited the Pattadakal and Aihole Temple Complexes on the same day. The 22 km drive from Badami to Pattadakal was quite smooth except for the last 2 km, where the road work was still in progress. Pattadakal is now a remote village in North Karnataka.

All the monuments are enclosed in a walled compound and there is an entry fee of Rs.30 per head for Indians and citizens of SAARC Asian countries, and Rs.500 per head for other foreigners. There is ample parking space outside the compound.

The temples date back to between the 7th and 9th centuries AD, when the Chalukyan rulers allowed their artisans and craftsmen to experiment with different architectural styles. Hence you will see a blend of the South Indian Dravidian style, and the North Indian Nagara style of architecture. There is one Jain temple also. The temples were used by the Chalukyans during their coronation ceremonies.

There are about 10 different temples, namely the Siddheshwara, Jambulingeshwara, Galaganatha, Chandrasekhara, Sangameshwara, Kashi Vishwanatha, Mallikarjuna, Virupaksha, Papanatha, and the Jain Narayana. They are mostly dedicated to Lord Shiva, except the last one. There is also a Victory Pillar with inscriptions in old Kannada language from the time of Emperor Vikramaditya II. Only one temple, the Virupaksha temple with a Nandi Bull, is still active with live worshippers on a daily basis.

We covered all the temples in an hour, and then went outside in search of a good place for lunch. However we did not find any modern eatery, and decided to sample the local village cuisine. We found a place serving simple home cooked vegetarian thalis for Rs.50 per head. They served jowari rotis with 2 vegetables, some chutney, and sambar rice. We enjoyed our simple meal in the rustic village setting.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Many temples in one complex which enable us to know the evolution of temple architecture... starting from flat terrace to layered terrace ... to cone shaped... to arch shaped ... to add ons with elegant sculptures... with inscription... a must see for architects... and to know about ancient styles

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Absolutely superb and well maintained ruins of temples in different architectural styles constructed over time. The ASI has done a superb job here in terms of maintenance and cleanliness. The lawns are well maintained and there are couple of shady places to rest along the boundaries, in particular near the gate to the river. Information (though could have been more detailed) has been put up at the entries of most buildings which makes guides irrelevant.

While there are many temples, it's within a complex unlike Hampi and Aihole where they are spread out. Hence, even at a slow pace it can be done within an hour and half. Entry fees are nominal for Indians. It should be visited if in Hampi or Badami. Not as strenuous either as it's on the flat ground.

As road construction was going on in March 2018, had an extremely bumpy ride to and from Pattadakkal. However, the visit was really worth the trouble. Also as the distance is not much it is doable.

Water bottles and cold drinks are available near the gate (the shopkeepers charge a premium over the MRP - a classic rip-off). Had read about unavailability of food, however found the stalls near the gate selling very tasty local food items. One can have proper lunch there if ready to try local cuisine (which is generally the freshest and no-frills food).

Don't miss it even it seems repetitive.

Hopefully the road work will be completed soon. The complex is a must visit.

11  Thank Payal G
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Reviewed 27 January 2018

A place said to have been used for coronation of early Chalukyan Kings ,this complex has temples dedicated papnatha,Kasivisveshwara,Galaganatha,Mallikarjuna,Virupaksha etc and believed to be built during 3-9th Century A.D. Temples of Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna which have a square receding type gopura of Dravidian style were said to be built by the queens of Vikramaditya-II during 745 A.D. to commemorate his victory over the Pallavas.The carvings on the gopuras of the temple showcases the architectural proficiency of ancient India.Well maintained by ASI.

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Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

A must visit place for heritage lovers. A rare collection of three types of architecture at one place. A place where we can even see the planning of temple construction. It's good to engage a guide for this place. We went to this after Badami caves.
The only place to spot the Panchatantra stories. The monkey and the crocodile, snake and the mongoose are two stories we could spot in the carvings.

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