Aihole Temples

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Aihole Temples

Aihole was the first capital of the early Chalukyas. During this period the artisans experimented with both Nagara and Dravidian styles of architecture.

The Aihole Temple Complex has now been recommended to UNESCO to be classified as a World Heritage Site.

Durga Temple

This apsidal temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, with a curvilinear Nagara style shikhara was built in the 8th Century.

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Durga Temple

The name “Durga” actually refers to the fort around the temple and not to the goddess.

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Durga Temple – looks like a Chorten

There are intricate carvings all through the temple.

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Nagaraja Ceiling

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Gandharva Ceiling

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Narasimha, the fourth avatar of Vishnu

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Near the curve

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Varaha, the third avatar of Vishnu

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Mahishasura Mardini

Ladkhan Temple

Located to the south of the Durga Temple, this shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in the 8th Century.

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Ladkhan Temple

Lad Khan was a sufi saint who used the temple as his residence.

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Ladkhan Temple

The windows are covered with beautiful lattice work.

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Chalukya Emblem

Ravanaphadi

This 6th Century cave temple is one of the oldest structures in Aihole.

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Ravanaphadi

This interiors of this temple are covered with intricately carved sculptures depicting episodes from the Puranas.

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Bhagiratha

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Varaha, the third avatar of Vishnu

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Mahishasur Mardini

Meguti Temple

This Dravidian style temple, atop a small hill overlooking Aihole village, was built in 634 AD.

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Meguti Temple

The temple provides panoramic views of Aihole village from the top.

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View from the temple

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Main Shrine

One Response to Aihole Temples

  1. paresh Kale February 22, 2014 at 6:02 am #

    Amazing series of photos ! loved them all !

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