Pattadakal Monuments are some of the best that are found in India. Pattadakal is located at the distance of 22 kilometers from the city of Badami. To get to Pattadakal, you need to get down at Badami. Thousands of visitors from all over the country come to this place to visit the impressive monuments. Recognized as the world heritage site in 1987, Pattadakal is located at the distance of 17 kilometers from Bijapur.
Monuments of Pattadakal are wonderful piece of architecture. The monuments mark the religious tolerance of the dominion of the Chalukyan dynasty. The monuments depict clearly the art, architecture, administration, literature and other areas of development of the period. These monuments are both rock cut and structural. Experiments were also done with the architectural style of the monuments.
The Pattadakal Monuments were built maintaining the architectural style of both northern and southern India. These were built by mixing various elements so that it can withstand the tests of time. The Group of Monuments at Pattadakal includes 10 temples. Eight of them are located within the same campus. The temples feature exquisite style of architecture. The exterior wall of the temple is sculptured with the pictures of gods and goddesses. The pillars and the inner walls are beautifully decorated and the panels depict the episodes from mythology. The temples also show depiction of episodes from Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavata, Panchatantra and Kiratarjuneya. The epigraphs of the temples say about the artistic traditions, the builders and the different styles of building.
The Virupaksha Temple and the Banashankari Temple are the major tourist attractions, which are worth visiting. These two temples are located near the town of Badami. Other important temples include Mallikarjuna temples, Jambulinga Temple and Papanatha temples, Jain temples and others.
Some of the most visited Pattadakal Monuments are the following:
- Jaina Temple
- Virupaksha Temple
- Kadasiddheswara Temple
- Sangameswara Temple
- Chandrashekhara Temple
- Mallikarjuna Temple
- Galaganatha Temple
- Kasivisweswara Temple
- Jambulingeswara Temple
- Papanatha Temple
- Monolithic stone pillar bearing inscription
Pattadakal Monuments are some of the most visited monuments, which reveal the richness of the culture and heritage of Pattadakal. Make sure to visit these monuments during your vacation and enjoy every bit of it.