A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal

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12th Aug 2017

Artwork at Pattadakal

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal are the historical gems present in our country. It symbolizes the bygone era of mighty Chalukya empire. The Badami caves, Badami fort, Badami Museum,Temples and monuments at Aihole, the magnificent temples and temple complex at Pattadakal simply take the breath away. This places prove how rich the art and culture was at the Chalukya era.

It is suggested to stay at Badami and travel to those places which are within 35 kilometers from Badami.

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The Temple Complex

Badami:

Badami Caves:

The entrance of the first cave

Photo of Badami, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu

There are four caves in Badami and each of them is dedicated to different deities. The first cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Nataraja is simply majestic.

The Nataraja at the first cave

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

Cave 2 and cave 3 are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The different avatars of Lord Vishnu can be found at the cave walls. The majestic artwork will make you spell bound.

Lord Vishnu at the third cave

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

Varaha avatar of Lord Vishnu

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

The fourth cave is dedicated to Mahavir Jain.It seems to be an incomplete one.

Badami Fort:

The fort is situated at the opposite bank of Agastya lake. There is a museum at the entrance which is a must visit place. It is needed to walk a lot to reach at the top of the fort and see both the Shivalaya temples. A lot of artwork are scattered everywhere in this place. Below are some pictures.

Higher Shivalaya Temple

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

Lower Shivalaya Temple

Photo of A journey to a bygone era- Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal by Priyodob Kundu

Aihole:

Aihole is around 35 kilometers away from Badami and there are lot of magnificent remains of temples are available at this place. The Durga temple, Lad khan temple, Meguti temple and lot of unknown sculptures are available in this place.

The Temple Complex

Photo of Aihole, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu

The Durga Temple

Photo of Aihole, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu

Artwork at Durga Temple

Photo of Aihole, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu

Pattadakal:

Pattadakal is an epitome of fusion of Dravida and Nagada style of architecture. The temple complex is an UNESCO heritage side which is having ruins of splendid architectures.

The Temple Complex at Pattadakal

Photo of Pattadakal, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu

Temple complex of Pattadakal

Photo of Pattadakal, Karnataka, India by Priyodob Kundu
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