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Pattadkall - The Crucible of Temple Making.

Pattadakal or Pattadkall or Pattadikal today is the name of a small village in Karnataka close to Badami, Bijapur and Bagalkot. Pattadikal once was a town or a city site of great cultural and political significance, for it housed the mock ups and architectural leanings of the various style of temple construction in South India. It is often referred to as the University of Temple Architecture as the artisans, sculptors, designers and dreamers and kings and laymen all gathered here to work out how to build Hindu temples.

 

You have four mock ups of temples in the North India style and four in the traditional South India style. It is a fine amalgam of styles. Pattadikal is now designated as a World Heritage site by the UNICEF. The monuments date here to 7th and 8th century AD and were the effervescent outpourings of the Chalukya dynasty of Karnataka that ruled the southern part of the Indian sub continent.

 

Pattadikal is on the axis of Hampi, Badami, Aihole travel route that I would recommend to each and everyone travelling in India for it show cases pristine monuments and architecture conserved by the dry climatic conditions of this area where the rulers and the the millions that were ruled, have since disappeared, leaving behind a place intact, where you can transport yourself, in the blink of an eye, to a period 1300 years ago.

  

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Taken on June 5, 2009 at 9.18am IST (edit)

Posted to Flickr December 29, 2011 at 5.16PM IST (edit)

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Taken on June 5, 2009