Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal

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See one of the best examples of the country’s ancient religious architecture at Virupaksha Temple, taking a walk and enjoying the breeze from the river on whose bank the site stands. A memorable place, because of its interesting history and the cultural significance, it attracts innumerable visitors who come to pray or enjoy the art and design. Reflect on the stucco masterpieces outside, depicting the deities to whom the temple is dedicated, and if you’re lucky enough, you might be there for one of the annual festivals that always offer a good time. Plan to see Virupaksha Temple and other attractions that appeal to you using our Pattadakal day trip planning tool .
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  • Without a doubt I consider the most interesting temple in Pattadakal. Alone could take away an entire day if one carefully dwelled on all the sculptures that cover the large pillars and recalling episodes of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. Opera simply extraordinary. Visit to do very carefully.
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  • The Virupaksha Temple is the largest and best Shiva temple of Pattadakal. It was constructed in the Dravidian style of temple architecture by Lokamahadevi, the Senior Queen of Vikramaditya II, to comm...  more »
  • In a large courtyard enclosed walls, the temple illustrates the consistency of a rigorously symmetrical plan: from the entrance gopuram, left, meet the square flag of Nandi, and the large hypostyle mandapa which precedes the Holy of Holies. The griha gabha forming the cella is surrounded by a narrow corridor to the ritual of the circumambulation. To admire the sensuality of the sculpted figures that is stressed by the triple flexion of the body: the hips, shoulders and the head draw a S; all of the statues which are of undeniable masterpieces of the art of the Chalukyas
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