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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Pattadakkal Temple Complex - Amazing Architecture

This post is a continuation of the series on the visit to Hampi,Pattadakal,Aihole & Badami  during early September 2012.
The group of 8th century CE monuments in Pattadakal are the culmination of the earliest experiments in the Vesara style of Hindu temple architecture . The town displays both Dravidian (Southern) and the Nagara (Northern, Indo-Aryan) styles of temple architecture. UNESCO in 1987 included Pattadakal in its list of World Heritage sites. Pattadakal ( place for coronation of Chalukya kings), the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Southern India, who built the temples in the seventh and eighth centuries. There are ten temples including a Jain sanctuary surrounded by numerous small shrines and plinths . Four temples were built in Dravidian style, four in Nagara style of Northern India and the Papanatha temple in mixed style. Tha Papanatha, Kasi Visweswara, Jambulinga and Galaganatha Temples are noted for their curvilinear shikara (Rekha Nagara style). The Mallikarjuna, Sangameswara & Virupaksha Temples having a square roof of receding tiers represent the Dravida Vimana style. The Lokeswara(Mallikarjuna) and Trailokeswara (Virupaksha)  temples were built respectively by Lokamahadevi and Trailokamahadevi - the Queens of Vikramaditya II to commemorate his victory over the Pallavas of Kanchi:745-750 AD.Chalukyan sculptural art is noted for its grace and vigor, rich imagination and delicate details. Here you can see besides figures of Gods, Goddesses & human figures - narratives from the Ramayana, Mahabharata & the Bhagavath Gita can be seen.

21 comments:

  1. The place looks very pretty with well maintained lawns and marvelous architectures. Great to see different styles of building at one site! Thanks for introducing this place.

    Excellent photos!

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  2. Amazing architecture and beautiful captures!

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  3. RK, I nominate you for the blog of the year 2012! Collect your badge here:

    http://ashokism.blogspot.in/2013/01/blog-of-year-2012.html

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  4. WOW, I love the architecture and the lash green, well manicured lawns surrounding the temple. Thanks for these lovely clicks.

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  5. Great photos, Ram. Interesting temple to look at. India is full of beautiful architecture.

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  6. absolutely awe-inspiring! the grounds and skies help to offset these amazing structures.

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  7. Badami-Ihole-Pattadakkal is an amazing triangle! Long ago I had visited, feels like time to visit again :)

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  8. Superb Pictures. The architecture is unique and well manicured lawns too :)

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  9. Amazing architecture. Am yet to visit this place. Nice photos.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.in

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  10. Congratulations on the Blog Of The Year 2012 award. I am happy to visit your blog and see the phenomenal photographs!

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  11. When I see these beautiful temples/architecture, I feel very proud to be an Indian. I have never heard of these temples. I had visited Hampi and Halebeedu but not these temples. I have made a note of this post. I must visit this place. Thank you!

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  12. I love the beautiful organic look to these temples. I wonder if at one time they were painted.

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  13. Magnificent architecture, I like the square roofs. Must have been a beautiful day when you went, nice clouds and grounds!

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  14. As always I'm amazed by the splendour of ancient architecture

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  15. beautiful and green temple surroundings. beautiful photos

    thanks

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  16. Beautiful pictures of an important piece of historical India.

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  17. Two years back I had visited this place.Too good clicks. And the narration about the temple architecture is also very informative ...thank you

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