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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  • The only active temple in Hampi. A very well structured temple and also very well explained by our guide Mr Hussein. The structure of the temple hasbeen built by not one kings but by many who have con...  more »
  • Pattadakal is a bit off the regular tourist track for non-Indian tourists, and that's a real shame! This place (UNESCO World Heritage site) is amazing! It has a whole series of beautifully maintained ...  more »
  • These temples and the ones at Aihole are remote and off the beaten path. Closest place to find a decent hotel is Badami. Very well maintained temple complexes. Kudos to the Archaelogical Survey of Ind...  more »
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  • Pattadakal located in Bijapur district of Karnataka was not only popular for Chalukyan architectural activities but also a holy place for royal coronation, 'Pattadakisuvolal'. Temples constructed here mark the blending of the Rekha, Nagara, Prasada and the Dravida Vimana styles of temple building. The oldest temple at Pattadakal is Sangamesvara built by Vijayaditya Satyasraya (AD 697-733). The other notable temples at Pattadakal are the Kadasiddhesvara, Jambulingeswara both attributed to 7th century A.D. while Galaganatha temple was built a century later in the style of rekha nagara prasada. The Kasivisvesvara temple was the last to be built in early Chalukyan style. The Mallikarjuna temple was constructed by Rani Trilokyamahadevi to celebrate the victory over the Pallavas by Vikramaditya II. She is also credited to have built the Virupaksha temple influenced by the architecture of the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram. The Virupaksha temple later served as a model for the Rashtrakuta ruler Krishna I (757 -783 A.D.) to carve out the great Kailasa at Ellora.
  • The interior of the temples has carvings from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The exterior also has quite fine carvings. It is still a living temple with daily puja offered at various times to Lord Shiva. Opposite is a huge statue of nandi bull on a raised platform.
  • Stone carving is marvelous. Ancient lord Shiva temple
  • World famous architecture and temples were constructed.. nice to bring your kids and you can explain them about ancient days architecture and works..
  • Good place to visit with family

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