Once the capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty (6th to 8th centuries), Aihole is a picturesque village on the banks of the Malaprabha river. Variously called Ayyavole & Aryapura in the inscriptions, Aihole is historically famous as the cradle of Hindu temple architecture. There are about 125 temples divided into 22 groups scattered all over the villages and nearby fields. Most of these temples were built between the 6th & 8th centuries and some even earlier
Only mere traces of a fort dating from the 6th century can be seen today. A large number of prehistoric sites have been found in Morera Angadigalu, near the Meguti hillocks in Aihole. Excavations near some temples have yielded traces of antique pottery and bases of structures constructed with bricks of pre-Chalukyan times. More temples are being excavated every day bearing witness to the vigorous experimentation on temple architecture which went on at Aihole more than 14 centuries ago.
Pattadakal Temple Complex
It has a set of 9 temples built almost in a single file, showing the architects’ desire for experimenting in various styles. Pattadakal represents the culmination of early Chalykyan art. Four of the temples here are in the south Indian Dravidian architectural style while four are in the north Indian Nagara style while Papanatha temple exhibits a hybrid style. Some of the temple constructions made by queens of Chalukya as per inscriptions.
Aihole - Durga temple and complex
Aihole - Mallikharjuna temple complex
Aihole - Ravanaphadi cave temple
Aihole - Museum & Art Gallery
Bhishma on Ampasayya carving on a temple
Pattadakal - Group of monuments
Pattadakal - Temples and other structures in the complex
Pattadakal - Mallikarjuna and Kashi Vishwanatha temples