Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu or Raktapura, is a complex of 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka. Located on the west bank of the Malaprabha River in Bagalakote district, this UNESCO World Heritage site is 14 miles from Badami and about 6 miles from Aihole, both of which are historically significant centers of Chalukya monuments. The monument is a protected site under Indian law and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India. UNESCO has described Pattadakal as "a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India" and an illustration of "eclectic art" at its height. The Hindu temples are generally dedicated to Shiva, but elements of Vaishnavism and Shaktism theology and legends are also featured. The friezes in the Hindu temples display various Vedic and Puranicconcepts, depict stories from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, as well as elements of other Hindu texts, such as the Panchatantra and the Kirātārjunīya. The Jain temple is only dedicated to a single Jina.
Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha temple, located to the immediate south of the Mallikarjuna temple, is the largest and most sophisticated of the monuments at Pattadakal. The temple is notable for its range, and quality, of construction, exemplifying a well-developed Dravidian architectural style, as well as the inscribed names of the artists beneath the panels they worked on.
Kashiviswanatha Temple

Kashiviswanatha Temple also known as Kashivishweswara, the Kashi Vishwanatha temple is another of the smaller temples at Pattadakal. The temple has been variously dated to the late 7th century, early 8th century, or the mid-8th century.
Jain Temple

The Jain temple at Pattadakal was built during the 9th century, possibly with sponsorship from the Rashtrakuta King Krishna II or the Kalyani Chalukyas. Unlike the other nine temples, the Narayana temple lacks Hindu deities and intricate panels of the other nine but instead has a statue of a Jina carved into the north side kapota eave.
Sangameshwara Temple

Sangameshwara temple, also called the Vijayeshvara temple, is a large, Dravida style east facing temple located on the south side of the Chandrashekhara temple.
Papanatha Temple

The temple is noted for its novel mixture of Dravida, and Nagara, Hindu temple styles. Papanatha temple faces east towards the sunrise and has a Shiva linga in its garbha griya except there is no Nandi-mandapa.
Galaganath Temple

Galaganath temple is a northern rekha-nagara style with a linga, and a vestibule within the temple sanctum. Outside the temple is a seated Nandi that faces the sanctum.
Mallikarjuna Temple

Mallikarjuna temple also called the Trailokeswara Maha Saila Prasada in a local inscription, is a mid-8th-century Shiva temple sponsored by queen Trailokyamahadevi.
Group Of Monuments In Pattadakal

Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu or Raktapura, is a complex of 7th and 8th century CE Hindu and Jain temples in northern Karnataka.
Kadasiddheshwara Temple

Kadasiddeshwar Temple is in the Pattadakal Temple complex. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated close to Jambulinga Temple.
Best Time To Visit Pattadakal

The best time to visit Pattadakal is the winter season. November to February during the winter season with the maximum temperature being 32°C and the minimum remaining 10°C, Pattadakal experiences pleasant winters. These months remain ideal for exploring the nearby attractions and for getting involved in outdoor activities. March to May during the summer season Pattadakal experiences a hot climate during this season as the temperature ranges between 22°C to 40°C. The evening climate remains pleasant for carrying out and enjoying different activities. June to September the summer season gets mild rainfall marks the presence of monsoon season and a dip in the temperature is observed. A short trip in and around this city can be planned during this season to feel refreshed.

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