Lad Khan Temple, Badami

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  • Square in plan, this temple is a very original construction to double corridor concentric pourtournant Zoster a Nandi Bull. Another originality is in the heavy cover of slabs, sort of slates with flashings in stone for waterproofing. The stocky and square pillars support the load of the roof through a system of trained capitals of 4 strong additional consoles. This structure is illuminated by a trellis of stone. Built in the 2nd half of the 5th century to notice the oldest world scale: a beam of stone dug out of notches. Admire architecture of stone which is in the petrification of an original wood carpentry.
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  • The temples in Aihole are extremely well maintained. there are numerous ones there. Getting an official guide is easy. Do take one - you may get more information on the heritage site.  more »
  • This is a small Shiva Temple, with a Nandi placed inside the temple. This is the first time I was seeing a Nandi inside the temple. The temple is named after the Muslim Commander who lived inside the ...  more »
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  • The Lad Khan Temple, dedicated to Shiva, is one of the oldest Hindu temples and is located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. It was built in the 5th century by the kings of the Chalukya dynasty.It is located to the south of the Durga temple, Aihole. The temple is named after a person named Lad khan, who turned this temple into his residence for a short period and this is the oldest temple of Aihole.
  • A group of three temples is referred to as the Kontigudi group of temples. One of these is the Lad Khan temple, named after a mendicant that lived in this temple in the 19th century , another the Huchiappayyagudi temple and the Huchiappayya math. The Lad Khan temple consists of a shrine with two mandapams in front of it. The shrine bears a Shiva lingam. The mukha mandapa in front of the sanctum has a set of 12 carved pillars. The sabhamandapa in front of the mukha mandapam has pillars arranged in such a manner as to form two concentric squares. There are also stone grids on the wall carrying floral designs.
  • The Lad Khan Temple, dedicated to Shiva, is one of the oldest Hindu temples and is located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. It was built in the 5th century by the kings of the Chalukya dynasty.[1][2][3][4] It is located to the south of the Durga temple, Aihole. The temple is named after a person named Lad khan, who turned this temple into his residence for a short period and this is the oldest temple of Aihole The temple consists of a shrine (garba griha) with mandapa in front of it. The mukha mandapa is situated in front of the sanctum and consists of a set of 12 carved pillars. The sabha mandapa leads to the maha mandapa and the pillars are arranged to form two concentric squares. The walls have floral patterns on them and the windows have lattice work done in the northern style. Facing the sanctum, a second smaller sanctum is situated above the center of the hall whose outer walls have many carved images. Originally dedicated to Vishnu, now the main shrine houses a Shiva Linga with a Nandi. The temple was built in a Panchayatana style, indicating a very early experiment in temple construction. The special feature of this temple is that it starts with a rectangular structure and ends with a square structure. Based on a wooden construction design, the square and rectangular plan has a steep roof, which is an adaptation of wooden styles in stone. The maha mandapa is open to exterior by large windows between the pillars. The roof above the maha mandapa shows a turret as a first version of the futures towers shikharas and vimanas.[1
  • Aihole is a historical town situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Earlier, this historical town was also called as "Ayyavole" and "Aryapura". Aihole was once capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty (6th to 8th centuries). Aihole is rewarded as "the cradle of Hindu rock architecture". There are about 125 temples divided into 22 groups spread all over the villages and nearby fields. Most of these temples at Aihole were built between the 6th and 8th centuries. Durga Temple The most remarkable one is the Durga Temple, which is said to be built in late 7th or early 8th century. The Durga temple derives its name from "Durgadagudi" meaning 'temple of the fort'. The features of this temple are semicircular apse, elevated plinth, and the gallery encircling the sanctum. The Lad Khan Temple The Lad Khan temple is located south of the Durga Temple. The Lad Khan temple gets its name from a Muslim prince who changed it into his residence. The windows of this temple were filled up with lattice work in the northern style and the sanctum was added later on. The temple is constructed in a Panchayat hall style, indicative of a very early experiment in constructing temples. The main shrine houses a Shiva Linga with Bull (Nandi). Meguti Jain Temple Meguti Jain temple is only dated monument in Aihole constructed in 634 AD. The Meguti Jain temple stands on a hillock. Now partly in ruins, the temple which was possibly never completed provides important proof of early development in Dravidian style of architecture. The dated inscription is found on one of the exterior walls of the temple and it records its construction by Ravikeerti, who was a commander and minister Pulikeshi II. Hucchimalli Temple Hucchimalli Temple is said to be one of the earliest groups of temples at Aihole, built in the 7th century shows an evolution in the temple plan, the entrance hall in front of the sanctum was introduced for the first time here. Ravanphadi Cave Ravanphadi cave is a rock cut temple located south-east of the Hucchimalli Temple. This temple is said to be built in 6th century. This temple houses with two mandapatas in front of it and also a rock cut Shiva linga. Ravanphadi cave temple with a sanctum larger than that of the Badami Cave Temples. The sanctum has an entrance hall with a triple entrance and has carved panels. Gowda Temple The Gowda temple dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati is built on similar lines as the Lad Khan temple. Standing on a high molded base, the Gowda temple houses sixteen plain pillars. The other attractions of Aihole are the Suryanarayana Temple, Konti Group of Temples, Museum and Art Gallery.
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