Pattadakal (also Pattadakallu) is situated in Bagalkot district of Karnataka; on the left side of Malaprabha River. It is about 10kms from Aihole and 22kms from Badami .
Pattadakal temple complex
Pattadakal was the capital of Chalukyan dynasty between 7th and 8th century. Pattadakal was also known as Raktapura (Red Town) because of the red stone that was abundantly found in the area. It was here that the Badami Chalukya kings were coronated.
There are nine Shiva temples in Pattadakal. These temples exhibit the zenith of both Dravidian (South Indian) and Nagara (North Indian) style of architecture. Papanatha temple was a fusion of both the styles. Architects experimented with their architectural styles in Aihole and blended their styles to perfection in Pattadakal.
The Virupaksha temple stands out as the most important of all the temples in Pattadakal. It was built by Lokamahadevi to commemorate the victory of her husband Vikramaditya II against the Pallavas. A harmonious mixture of architectural styles can be seen in Virupaksha temple.
Other temples that are located in the complex are the Kadasiddeshwara temple, Galaganatha temple, Sangameshwara temple, Mallikarjuna temple, Kashivishwanatha temple, Paapanatha temple and Jambulinga temple.
Mallikarjuna and Kashi Vishwanatha temple
The abundance of Shiva temples in Pattadakal is a testimony to the fact that it was a great Shaiva centre in ancient times.
The village of Pattadakal is small yet astonishingly beautiful. Driving through the narrow roads leading from Badami to Pattadakal is also an experience in itself. Do not worry if you had started off without eating anything as there are plenty of local women waiting near the gates to sell their homemade jawar rotis with some sabzi. But be careful about the curd they sell. It can make your memories really sour!