Wiki mentions: Aihole is considered a School of Architecture, Badami a Degree College, and The University of Architecture is Pattadakal. Seeing the sculpted statues and temples at all the three places, I was awe struck. No machine of today’s world can re-sculpt the stones here with same beauty and grace. The devotion that must have gone in to carve out the emotions in these stones is unfathomable… all with hands holding just a hammer and a chisel.
Each of the nine temples in the complex has its own importance and uniqueness. The above shot is of Kashi Vishveshwara Temple. The main temple at Pattadakal, the Virupaksha temple was constructed by Queen Lokamahadevi (Trilokyamahadevi) in 745AD to commemorate her husband's victory (Vikramaditya II) over the Pallavas of Kanchi.
Rich imagination and the delicate details, so well etched in each of the temples. Not just Gods, the demi-gods, human figures, narratives from the epics and the Bhagavatha can be seen. Pattadakal is where the early Chalukyan Kings were crowned and also is the center where experimentation in Temple construction carried out.
Pattadakal is 22kms from Badami and 10kms from Aihole. All the three places can be covered in a single day and it will be a wiser decision to spend more time at Aihole. A setting sun would provide an ideal back drop to take the shots of the temples there.
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