Friday, August 19, 2011


The Place where Kings are Crowned...

Pattadakal (Pattada-Kisuvolal of the inscriptions) is where the early Chalukyas used to be

crowned. It is here that the Rekhanagara Prasada and Dravida Vimana styles of temple architecture were given their final form. The Papanatha, Kasivishweshwara, Jambulinga and Galaganatha temples noted for their culvilinear shikara represent the former style. While the MAllikarjuna, Sangameshwara and Virupaksha temples have a square roof of receding tires represent the later. The Lokeshwar(Virupaksha) and the Trilokeshawara (Sangameshwara) temples wer built by Lokamahadevi and Trilokamahadevi, the queens of Vikramaditya II, to commemorate his victory over the Pallavas of Kanchi.

A brick pillared madapa of the late Satavahana period lay bare infront of the Sangameshwara temple.

The latest was a Jain temple of the Rashtrakuta period.

Lord Shiva

Lord Shiva with Parvati

Lord Vishnu

Mermaids depicted on the pillars of the temples of Pattadakal. Which means our people too belived in the mythical creatures centuries earlier.

Also See : Badami-Pride of Chalukyas ; Mahakuta ; Badami Caves ; Badami Fort

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