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This is a small village in the Bagalkot District of Karnataka and mainly known for the very famous Durga Temple and some other temples which are situated in this village. There are around 125 temples scattered all around this small village. There are temples also in the fields around this place. A famous writer once termed this beautiful place as "The Cradle of Temple Architecture in India". This place was the earliest capital of the Chalukya Dynasty and also an important trade center before Pulakesin II shifted his capital to Badami after the Chalukyas' decline. The mythological origin of this village says that Lord Parashurama, after fulfilling his vow of avenging his fathers' murder came down to the Malaprabha River to wash down his blood stained axe and hands. It is said that this is when the waters of the river turned completely red due to the blood and an old lady shouted "Ayya! Hole" meaning "Oh! No, blood". Thus the name Ayyahole which is the present day Aihole.
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