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Pattadakal, also called Paṭṭadakallu or Raktapura, is a complex of 7th and 8th century CE Hindu
Hindu
and Jain
Jain
temples in northern Karnataka (India). Located on the west bank of the Malaprabha River
Malaprabha River
in Bagalakote
Bagalakote
district, this UNESCO
UNESCO
World Heritage site[1][2] is 14 miles (23 km) from Badami
Badami
and about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Aihole, both of which are historically significant centres of Chalukya monuments.[3][4]. The monument is a protected site under Indian law and is managed by the Archaeological Survey of India
Archaeological Survey of India
(ASI).[5] UNESCO
UNESCO
has described Pattadakal
Pattadakal
as "a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India" and an illustration of "eclectic art" at its height.[2] The Hindu
Hindu
temples are generally dedicated to Shiva, but elements of Vaishnavism
Vaishnavism
and Shaktism theology and legends are also featured. The friezes in the Hindu temples display various Vedic and Puranic concepts, depict stories from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, the Bhagavata Purana, as well as elements of other Hindu
Hindu
texts, such as the Panchatantra
Panchatantra
and the Kirātārjunīya.[2][6] The Jain
Jain
temple is only dedicated to a single Jina.[7] The most sophisticated temples, with complex friezes and a fusion of Northern and Southern styles, are found in the Papanatha and Virupaksha temples.[8][9] The Virupaksha temple is an active house of Hindu
Hindu
worship.[10]

Contents

1 Location 2 History 3 Description

3.1 Site layout 3.2 Style 3.3 Kadasiddheshwara temple 3.4 Jambulingeshwara temple 3.5 Galaganatha
Galaganatha
Temple 3.6 Chandrashekhara Temple 3.7 Sangameshwara Temple 3.8 Kashi Vishwanatha Temple 3.9 Mallikarjuna Temple 3.10 Virupaksha Temple 3.11 Papanatha temple 3.12 Jain
Jain
Narayana Temple 3.13 Other monuments and inscriptions

4 Significance

4.1 Early medieval era music and arts

5 See also 6 Notes 7 References

7.1 Bibliography

8 External links

Location[edit] The Pattadakal
Pattadakal
monuments are located in the Indian state of Karnataka, about 165 kilometres (103 mi) southeast of Belgaum, 265 kilometres (165 mi) northeast from Goa, 14 miles (23 km) from Badami, via Karanataka state highway SH14, and about 6 miles (9.7 km) from Aihole, set midst sandstone mountains and Malprabha river valley. In total, there are over 150 Hindu, Jain
Jain
and Buddhist monuments, and archaeological discoveries, dating from the 4th to 10th century CE, in addition to pre-historic dolmens and cave paintings that are preserved at the Pattadakal-Badami- Aihole
Aihole
site.[11][12] The nearest airport to Pattadakal
Pattadakal
is Sambra Belgaum
Belgaum
Airport (IATA Code: IXG), a 3 hour drive to the west, which operates daily flights to Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai.[13][14] Access to the site by train is also possible via an Indian Railways service that stops at Badami on the Hubli-Sholapur metre-gauge line.[3] History[edit] Pattadakal
Pattadakal
("place of coronation") was considered a holy place, being where the Malprabha river turned northwards towards the Himalayas and the Kailasha
Kailasha
mountan (uttara-vahini). As its name implies, it was used during the Chalukya dynasty
Chalukya dynasty
for coronation ceremonies, such as that of Vinayaditya in the 7th century CE.[3][4] Other names this place was known by were Kisuvolal meaning "valley of red soil", Raktapura meaning "city of red", and Pattada-Kisuvolal meaning "red soil valley for coronation".[3][15][16] The site, states Archaeological Survey of India, is mentioned in texts by Srivijaya and is referred to by Ptolemy as "Petirgal" in his Geography.[3] Pattadakal
Pattadakal
became, along with nearby Aihole
Aihole
and Badami, a major cultural center and religious site for innovations in architecture and experimentation of ideas.[3] The rule of the Gupta Empire during the 5th century brought about a period of political stability, during which Aihole
Aihole
became a locus of scholarship. The experimentations in architecture extended into Badami
Badami
over the course of the next two centuries. This culture of learning encompassed Pattadakal
Pattadakal
in the 7th century which became a nexus where ideas from northern and southern India
India
fused.[3][17] It was during this latter period that the Chalukya empire constructed many of the temples in Aihole-Badami-Pattadakal region.[1][18] After the fall of the Chalukya Empire, the region was annexed by the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
kingdom, who would rule over the region into the 10th century. In the 11th century, and into the 12th century, the region came under the rule of the Late Chalukyas
Chalukyas
( Western Chalukya
Western Chalukya
Empire, Chalukyas
Chalukyas
of Kalyani), an offshoot of the Early Chalukya Empire.[19][20] Although the area was not a capital region, nor in proximity to one, numerous sources such as inscriptions, contemporaneous texts and the architectural style indicate that, from the 9th to 12th centuries, new Hindu, Jain
Jain
and Buddhist temples and monasteries continued to be built in the Pattadakal
Pattadakal
region. Historian George Michell attributes this to the presence of a substantial population and its burgeoning wealth.[19] Throughout the 13th century, Pattadakal, the Malprabha valley, as well as much of the nearby Deccan region, was subject to raids and plunder by the Delhi Sultanate
Delhi Sultanate
armies that devastated the region.[19][21] This period ended with the rise of the Hindu
Hindu
Vijayanagara
Vijayanagara
Empire. It was responsible for the construction of forts for the protection of the monuments, as evidenced by inscriptions in the fort at Badami. Pattadakal
Pattadakal
was a part of the border region that witnessed wars between Vijayanagara
Vijayanagara
and the Sultanates to its north. Following the collapse of Vijayanagara Empire
Vijayanagara Empire
in 1565, Pattadakal
Pattadakal
was annexed by the Sultanate of Bijapur, which was ruled by the Adil Shahi
Adil Shahi
dynasty.[19] In the late 17th-century, the Mughal Empire, under Aurangzeb, gained control of Pattadakal
Pattadakal
from the Sultanate. After the collapse of Mughal Empire, Pattadakal
Pattadakal
came under the control of the Maratha Empire. It later changed hands, yet again, when Haider Ali and Tipu Sultan wrested control of it in late 18th century but would lose it when the British defeated Tipu Sultan
Tipu Sultan
and annexed the region.[19] The monuments at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
are evidence of the existence, and the history, of interaction between the early northern and southern styles of Hindu
Hindu
arts.[22] According to T. Richard Blurton, the history of temple arts in northern India
India
is unclear as the region was repeatedly sacked by invaders from Central Asia, particularly during the Muslim incursions from the 11th-century onward. The subsequent "warfare has greatly reduced the quantity of surviving examples". The Pattadakal monuments completed in 7th and 8th century are among the earliest surviving examples of these early religious arts and ideas.[22][23] Description[edit] Site layout[edit] There are ten major temples at Pattadakal, nine Hindu
Hindu
and one Jain, along with numerous small shrines and plinths. Eight of the major temples are clustered together, a ninth one about half a kilometer south of this cluster, and the tenth, a Jain
Jain
temple, located about a kilometer to the west of the main cluster. The Hindu
Hindu
temples are all connected by a walkway, while the Jain
Jain
temple has road access.[3] Style[edit] The Pattadakal
Pattadakal
monuments reflect a fusion of two major Indian architectural styles, one from north India
India
(Rekha-Nagara-Prasada) and the other from south India
India
(Dravida-Vimana). Four temples were built in the Chalukya Dravida style, four in the Nagara
Nagara
style of Northern India, while the Papanatha temple is a fusion of the two. The nine Hindu
Hindu
temples are all dedicated to Shiva, and are on the banks of Malaprabha river. The oldest of these temples is Sangameshwara, which was built during the reign of Vijayaditya Satyashraya, between 697 and 733 CE. The largest of these temples in Pattadakal
Pattadakal
is the Virupaksha Temple, which was built between 740 and 745 CE.[3] The last temple built in the Group of Monuments is the Jain
Jain
temple, known locally as the Jain
Jain
Narayana temple, which was likely built in the 9th century during the reign of Krishna
Krishna
II of Rashtrakutas.[1] Its style is patterned on the lines of the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram.[1][24] Kadasiddheshwara temple[edit]

Ardhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara
(left half Shiva, right half Parvati) at the Kadasiddheswara temple.

A relatively small temple, the Archaeological Survey of India
Archaeological Survey of India
has dated it to around the mid 7th century CE,[25] but George Michell dates it to the early 8th century.[26] The temple faces east and is built around a square garbha griha (sacrum sanctum).[25] It houses a linga on a pitha (platform), and the Nandi bull faces it from outside; there is a mandapa around the sacrum center. Another mandapa provides a circumambulation path in an expanded axial layout. Much of the temple has been eroded or was damaged in the following centuries. The Shikhara
Shikhara
(spire) is a northern Nagara
Nagara
style (Rekhanagara) with a sukanasa projection on the east. The sukanasa has a damaged Nataraja accompanied by Parvati.[25] The outer walls of the Kada Siddheshwara sanctum feature images of Ardhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara
(half Shiva, half Parvati) on its north, Harihara (half Shiva, half Vishnu) to its west and Lakulisha
Lakulisha
to the south.[25][26] Mounted on a lintel at the sanctum entrance is Shiva and Parvati flanked by Brahma and Vishnu
Vishnu
on either side. The steps at the sanctum entrance are flanked by the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna, with attendants.[25] Jambulingeshwara temple[edit]

The Nataraja
Nataraja
sukanasa on Jambulingeshwara temple spire.

Another small temple, the Jambulingeshwara temple, also called the Jambulinga temple, is variously estimated by ASI and Michell to have been complete between mid 7th and early 8th century, respectively.[27][26] The temple is built around a square garbha griha (sacrum sanctum),[25] whose outer walls feature intricate devakoshtha (linteled niches with decorated frames with Hamsa and mythical makaras). Inside the frames are images of Vishnu
Vishnu
on its north, Surya (Sun god) to its west and Lakulisha
Lakulisha
to the south.[27] The temple also experiments with the idea of projecting sukanasa from the shikhara in front, over the mandapa. The temple still faces east, greeting the sunrise. The Nandi too is provided with a raised platform which is in ruins and the Nandi image shows signs of erosion.[27][26] The dancing Shiva
Shiva
Nataraja
Nataraja
with Parvati and Nandi by his side on the frontal arch sukanasa is better preserved.[26] The style of the temple is northern rekha-nagara with a curvilinear profile of squares diminishing as they rise towards the sky. The amalaka and kalasha of the northern style, however, are damaged and not in place. The entrance of the Jambulingeshwara mandapa is decorated with three shakhas, each with purnakumbhas below their capitals. A swan themed frieze covers the passage way with the faint remains of the carvings of swans, kutas and salas.[27] Galaganatha
Galaganatha
Temple[edit]

Left: Galaganatha
Galaganatha
Temple's sabha mandapa floor and covered pradakshina patha; Right: Shiva
Shiva
carving.

The Galaganatha
Galaganatha
temple lies to the east of the Jambulingeshwara temple. Unlike the previous two temples, ASI estimates this temple to be from the mid 8th century,[28] whereas Michell states that it is likely from late 7th century.[29] The temple is a northern rekha-nagara style with a linga, and a vestibule (antarala) within the temple sanctum (garbha griha). Outside the temple is a seated Nandi that faces the sanctum.[28] The sanctum has a covered circumambulatory path (pradakshina patha), indicating that this Hindu
Hindu
tradition was well established by 7th to 8th century. Various mandapas exist in this temple, such as a social or community hall (sabha mandapa), used for ceremonial functions, and a mukha mandapa, of which only the foundation remains.[28][29] The entrance to the mandapa is flanked by the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna.[29] The Galagatha temple is mostly in ruins, except for the southern part which contains a carved slab showing an eight-armed Shiva
Shiva
killing the demon Andhaka, while wearing a garland of skulls as a yajnopavita (sacred thread across the chest).[28][29] According to Michell, the Galaganatha
Galaganatha
temple is notable for being almost an exact copy of the Svarga Brahma temple of Alampur in Andhra Pradesh, a temple that is dated to 689 CE. Given both Alampur and Pattadakal
Pattadakal
were a part of the Badami
Badami
Chalukya kingdom, an exchange of ideas is likely.[29] The basement of the eastern moulding is notable for depicting friezes of Panchatantra
Panchatantra
fables, such as that of the mischievous monkey and the fable of two-headed bird.[28] Chandrashekhara Temple[edit]

Chandrashekhara temple.

Chandrashekhara temple is a small east facing temple without a tower. It is situated on the south side of the Galaganatha
Galaganatha
temple.[30] This temple has been dated by Michell to the late 9th or early 10th century,[30] whereas the ASI dates it to the mid 8th century.[31] The temple has a garbha griha with a Shiva
Shiva
linga and a closed hall; a Nandi sits on a platform to the east facing the linga.[30] It is laid out within a space 33.33 feet in length and 17.33 in breadth, on an adhishthana (platform based on certain design rules in Hindu texts).[31] Detailed Pilasters, yet lacking in ornamentation, decorate the exterior walls of the temple.[30] There is a devakostha (niche) in the walls on either side of the Chandrashekhara temple sanctum. The temple lacks a lintel, but features a dvarapala (guardian) on each side of the entrance; the door frames are carved with shakhas.[31] Sangameshwara Temple[edit]

Left: Sangameshwara Temple's pillared entrance; Right: A side showing experimentation with window styles and wall carvings.

Sangameshwara temple, also called the Vijayeshvara temple, is a large, Dravida style east facing temple located on the south side of the Chandrashekhara temple.[30] Inscriptions at the temple, and other evidence, date it to between 720 CE and 733 CE. The death of its patron king, Vijayaditya, in 734 CE resulted in the temple being left unfinished, although work continued intermittently in later centuries.[32][33] During the Badami
Badami
Chalukya reign, between 543-757 CE, other important Sangameshwara temples were built, such as the one at KuDavelli; in modern times, this temple was relocated to Alampur, after extensive restoration work.[34] The inscriptions found in this and other temples mention sponsor names from different centuries, including those of Hindu
Hindu
queens, suggesting they actively supported the temple architecture and arts.[35][36]

Incomplete Vishnu
Vishnu
avatar Varaha relief on Sangameswara Shaiva temple wall.

Although the temple is not the largest among those at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
it is nonetheless of imposing proportions. [32] The temple has a square layout,[37] with an east facing sanctum. The sanctum, surrounded by a covered pradakshina patha (circumambulatory path) lit by three carved windows. Inside the sanctum is a Shiva
Shiva
Linga. In front of the sanctum is a vestibule that is flanked on each side by smaller shrines. These shrines once contained carvings of Ganesha and Durga, but the carvings have since gone missing.[32] Further east of the hall is a seated Nandi. Past the vestibule is a mandapa within which are sixteen massive pillars set in groups of four, which may have been added after construction of the temple was completed.[32][33] The vimana superstructure above the temple and the outer walls of the temple are well preserved.[32] The vimana is a two tiered structure, crowned with a square kuta-sikhara and kalasha. The temple walls contain many devakostha (niches) carved with images of Vishnu
Vishnu
and Shiva, some of which are in various stages of completion.[33] The temple is built on a raised moulded base, with decorative friezes of elephants, yali and makara mythical creatures.[32] Above the kapota (eaves) are detailed friezes of ganas (playful dwarfs), who are portrayed as if they are struggling to hold the weight of the temple structure. The parapet displays hara (various kinds of string in Hindu temple texts) of various styles, including karnakutas (square), and salas (oblong), which flow with the design below them and are decorated with kudus.[33][32] A number of Shaivism, Vaishnavism
Vaishnavism
and Shaktism
Shaktism
themes are presented in the carvings at the temple. The Shaiva iconography include a dancing Nataraja, Ardhanarishvara
Ardhanarishvara
(half Shiva, half Parvati as essential halves of each other), Shiva
Shiva
with Bhringi, Shiva
Shiva
spearing the demon Andhaka, and the yogi, Lakulisha. The Vaishnava iconography includes avatars of Vishnu
Vishnu
such as Varaha lifting goddess earth (Bhudevi).[32] Excavations into the foundations of its ruined hall, in 1969 and 1971, revealed the archaeologically significant discovery of a brick temple structure beneath the hall. This discovery led to the proposal that Sangameshwara had been built over an older temple, possibly dating to the 3rd century CE.[38] Kashi Vishwanatha Temple[edit]

Kashi Vishwanatha temple with Nandi facing the sanctum.

Also known as Kashivishweswara, the Kashi Vishwanatha temple is another of the smaller temples at Pattadakal. The temple has been variously dated to the late 7th century, early 8th century or the mid-8th century.[39][40][41] Much like the other temples, the core of the Kashi Vishwanatha temple is the square garbha griha (sanctum), which houses a linga. To the east of the garbha griha is the moulded platform of a Nandi-mandapa, featuring the image of a seated Nandi. The temple also features a pranala, a stone structure used to drain out water used during devotional activities, and an antarala, or foyer, connecting to a mandapa with a ruined entrance porch. The river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna are still visible at the entrance to the mandapa.[41][39] The temple sits on a raised platform, with five layers of mouldings, decorated with 8th-century carvings of horses, elephants, lions, peacocks and flowery vine designs. The wall surfaces have pilaster pairs supporting chaitya-style arches.[41][39] The entrance door features a Shaiva dvarapala (guardian) on each side.[41] Sculptures of Ardhanariswara (half-Shiva, half-Parvati) and Lakulisha are carved into the northern wall of the temple mandapa, but these have been damaged and defaced.[39] The kapota (cornice) are decorated with motifs and carved with ganas (playful dwarfs) carrying garlands; brackets show flying couples and kirtimukhas.[41][39] The superstructure, displaying a well developed North Indian Rekha- Nagara
Nagara
style, is a rising five stage projection of centered squares with a complex pattern of interlocking gavakshas,[39] but the amalaka and kalasha are now missing.[41] The sukanasa, mounted on a spire in front of the temple, is of a dancing Uma-Maheswara (Parvati-Shiva) set inside a chaitya-arch.[41][39] Inside the temple are pillars and pilasters intricately carved with friezes depicting the Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana
(Vaishnavism), the Shiva
Shiva
Purana (Shaivism) and the Ramayana. One frieze shows the demon Ravana
Ravana
lifting mount Kailasha, others show the playful pranks of Krishna, while another narrates the Kalyansundarmurti (marriage of Shiva
Shiva
and Parvati).[41][39] One relief in particular shows Shiva
Shiva
coming out of the cylindrical linga.[39] The mandapa ceiling has carvings of Shiva, Nandi and Parvati holding Kartikeya. This image is concentrically surrounded by the ashta-dikpalas (eight directional guardians).[41][39] Mallikarjuna Temple[edit] Mallikarjuna temple, also called the Trailokeswara Maha Saila Prasada in a local inscription, is a mid 8th-century Shiva
Shiva
temple sponsored by queen Trailokyamahadevi.[42] It is located south of the Kashi Vishwanatha temple, southwest of the Sangameswara temple and in close proximity to Virupaksha.[43] The temple was built about the same time as the Virupaksha temple, with a similar design and layout, but is somewhat smaller and has a few important differences.[44]

Left: Mallikarjuna Temple walled entrance; Right: A wall carving.

The temple reflects a fully developed South Indian vimana style architecture. Its garbha griya (sanctum) has a Shiva
Shiva
linga, and features a circumambulatory path (pradakshina patha). In front of the sanctum is an antechamber (antarala) with small shrines for Durga as Mahishasuramardini
Mahishasuramardini
killing the buffalo demon and another for Ganesha on each side, both currently empty. A Nandi-mandapa is included in the temple wherein Nandi faces the sanctum.[42] Access to the sanctum is through a pillared sabha-mandapa (community hall) with entrance porches, enclosures (prakara) and a gateway (pratoli).[42]

Lovers inside Mallikarjuna temple.

The temple, though similar to the Virupaksha temple, experiments with new architectural ideas that makes it distinct.[45] The depiction of a dancing Shiva, as Nataraja, in the Mallikarjuna temple is set in the shallow arch of the sukanasa. As another example, the topmost storey of the shikara superstructure of this temple lacks hara elements (threads), while its roof is hemispherical unlike the square roof of the Virupaksha temple.[42][45] The use of stone carvings for storytelling is prevalent throughout the temple. The legends of Hindu
Hindu
epics and the Puranas are depicted on the temple pillars in the community hall. These stories span all major traditions within Hinduism, including Shaivism, Vaishnavism
Vaishnavism
and Shaktism.[44] The rasa lila of Krishna, whose stories are found in the Bhagavata Purana, are shown on friezes as are Hindu
Hindu
fables from the Panchatantra.[44][46] Like other Hindu
Hindu
temples, the friezes of the Mallikarjuna temple show kama and mithuna scenes of amorous couples. In other places, artha scenes such as a worker walking with an elephant carrying a log and single women with different emotional expressions are carved into stone;[42][44] one of these women carries an 8th century musical instrument.[45] Virupaksha Temple[edit]

Left: Virupaksha Temple from southwest corner; Right: A Nandi shrine (active temple).

The Virupaksha temple, located to the immediate south of the Mallikarjuna temple, is the largest and most sophisticated of the monuments at Pattadakal.[47] In inscriptions, it is referred to as "Shri Lokeshvara Mahasila Prasada", after its sponsor Queen Lokmahadevi, and is dated to about 740 CE.[10][47][48] The temple is notable for its range, and quality, of construction exemplifying a well developed Dravidian architectural style, as well as the inscribed names of the artists beneath the panels they worked on.[10][49][50] As is common with other temples at Pattadakal, the Virupaksha temple was built facing east centred around a square garbha griya (sanctum), with a Shiva
Shiva
Linga, surrounded by a covered circumabulatory path (pradakshina patha). In front of the sanctum is an antarala with two small shrines within which are facing images of Ganesha and Parvati, in her Durga aspect as Mahishasuramardini
Mahishasuramardini
killing the buffalo demon.[10][49] The external Nandi pavilion is aligned on an east-west axis, as are the mandapa and antechamber.[51] The temple site forms a rectangle consisting of fused squares bounded by walls, which are decorated with carvings.[49] Within the compound are smaller shrines, of which there were once 32, based on the foundation footprint layout, but most have since been lost. The entrance leads to a mandapa with 18 columns (4-5-aisle-5-4, with a 4x4 set forming the inner mandapa and two leading to the darshana space).[49]

A relief at Virupaksha temple

The tower above the sanctum is a three-storey pyramidal structure, with each storey bearing motifs that reflect those in the sanctum below. However, for clarity of composition, the artisans had simplified the themes in the pilastered projections and intricate carvings.[52] The third storey is the simplest, having only parapet kutas, a kuta roof with each face decorated with kudus – a structure common in later Dravidian architecture
Dravidian architecture
Hindu
Hindu
temples. A kalasha-like pot, found in festivals, social ceremonies and personal rituals such as weddings, crowns the temple. The top of this pot is 17.5 metres (57 ft) above the temple pavement, the highest for any pre-9th century South Indian temple.[52] The sukanasa on the tower is large, exceeding half the height of the superstructure, to aid visibility from a distance.[53] The sanctum walls, and also those of the nearby mandapa space, are decorated with intricately detailed carvings. These carvings depict images of Shaivism, Vaishnavism, and Shaktism
Shaktism
deities, and themes, such as Narasimha and Varaha (Vaishaivism), Bhairava and Nataraja (Shaivism), Harihara
Harihara
(half Shiva-half Vishnu), Lakulisa (Shaivism), Brahma, Durga, Saraswati, Lakshmi, and others.[10][54][55] According to George Michell, the carvings on the walls and porch of the Virupaksha temple exterior are "vehicles for diverse sculptural compositions, by far the most numerous found on any Early Chalukya monument".[56] Other than Hindu
Hindu
gods and goddesses, numerous panels show depict people either as couples, in courtship and mithuna, or as individuals wearing jewellery or carrying work implements.[57]

A Virupaksha frieze showing two Panchatantra
Panchatantra
fables.

The temple has numerous friezes spanning a variety of topics such as, for example, two men wrestling, rishi with Vishnu, rishi with Shiva, Vishnu
Vishnu
rescuing Gajendra elephant trapped by a crocodile in a lotus pond, scenes of hermitages, and sadhus seated in meditative yoga posture. Vedic deities such as Surya
Surya
riding the chariot with Aruna, Indra on elephant and others are carved in stone.[58] A few depict scenes from the Ramayana
Ramayana
such as those involving golden deer, Hanuman, Sugriva, Vali, Ravana
Ravana
and Jatayu bird, Sita being abducted, the struggles of Rama and Lakshmana. Other friezes show scenes from the Mahabharata, Krishna's playful life story in the Bhagavata Purana
Bhagavata Purana
and the Harivamsa as well as fables from the Panchatantra
Panchatantra
and other Hindu texts.[59][60][61] The temple contains historically significant inscriptions that provide hints about the society and culture of 8th-century India. For example, one inscription mentions a grant to the "musicians of the temple" by the queen.[57] The famous Kailasha
Kailasha
temple at Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
was modeled after this temple, although the Virupaksha temple was itself modeled after the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram.[10][62] Papanatha temple[edit]

Papanatha temple

The Papanatha temple is situated apart from the main cluster of eight monuments. It is about half kilometer to the south of Virupaksha and has been dated towards the end of the Early Chalukya rule period, approximately mid 8th-century.[63][64] The temple is noted for its novel mixture of Dravida, and Nagara, Hindu
Hindu
temple styles .[64][65] The unusual layout of the temple is possibly due to its construction, which occurred in three stages, but there is a lack of epigraphical evidence to support this hypothesis. Its architectural and sculptural details do show a consistent and unified theme, indicative of a plan. The temple is longer, incorporating two interconnected mandapas, one with 16 pillars and another with 4 pillars.[66] The decorations, parapets and some parts of the layout are Dravida in style, while the tower and pilastered niches are of the Nagara
Nagara
style.[66] As with the other temples, the Papanatha temple faces east towards the sunrise and has a Shiva
Shiva
linga in its garbha griya (sanctum) except there is no Nandi-mandapa. Instead, there is an image of Nandi housed in the sabha mandapa facing the sanctum.[63][64] The temple walls are notable for the carved deities and themes of Shaivism and Vaishnavism; Durga is depicted in one of the niches. Intricately carved panels are displayed on the walls, depicting legends such as the Ramayana
Ramayana
and excerpts of the Kiratarjuniya.[63][64] The centre of the ceiling is decorated with an elaborate Shiva Nataraja, while other ceiling slabs show Vishnu; one panel shows him in a reclining Anantasayana pose.[67] Outside, in the mandapas, are images of single women and couples, in courtship and different stages of mithuna. Many panels show musicians with different types of musical instruments.[63][64] Jain
Jain
Narayana Temple[edit]

Jain
Jain
Narayana temple

The Jaina temple at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
was built during the 9th century, possibly with sponsorship from the Rashtrakuta
Rashtrakuta
King Krishna
Krishna
II or the Kalyani Chalukyas. Unlike the other nine temples, the Narayana temple lacks Hindu
Hindu
deities and intricate panels of the other nine, but instead has a statue of a Jina carved into the north side kapota eave.[68][7] Like the Hindu
Hindu
temples, this temple also features a square sanctum, a circumambulatory path, an antechamber, a mandapa and a porch. The mandapa is divided into seven bays at the north and south walls, with narrow niches containing seated Jinas. The bays are in the North Indian style, and the tower storey has a carved square shikhara.[68] The mandapa has a row of lathe-turned sand stone pillars. The kakshasana are decorated with the figures of dancers, purna-ghata, nidhis, vyalas but some of the artwork is only partially finished. The entrance features carvings of a life sized elephant torso with riders.[68][7] According to Adam Hardy, the niches of this Jain
Jain
temple mandapa may have previously featured images.[69] The Archaeological Survey of India
Archaeological Survey of India
has conducted excavations at the site yielding evidence of an older temple and Jaina presence. According to the ASI,the excavations uncovered "the remains of a large temple complex built in bricks and also a beautiful sculpture of Tirthankara
Tirthankara
standing in sama-bhanga indicating the existence of a temple, probably belonging to the pre or beginning of the early Chalukyan rule".[68] Other monuments and inscriptions[edit]

Old Kannada
Kannada
inscription of Chalukya emperor Vikramaditya II
Vikramaditya II
on victory pillar, Virupaksha Temple, Pattadakal, c.733–745.

Old Kannada
Kannada
inscription describes grant made for Sangameshwara temple by Chalukya King Vijayaditya c.1162

A number of inscriptions in the old Kannada language
Kannada language
have been found at Pattadakal, notably those at the Virupaksha, Sangameshwara and Papanatha temples. These inscriptions are an important source of information regarding the grants made by King Vikramaditya, and Vijayaditya, various queens, and others, for the construction and operation of the temple. [70][71] They have also provided valuable insight into the evolution of various written Indian scripts. As an example, one particular 8th century column is inscribed in two Sanskrit scripts, the northern Indian Siddhamatrika script[note 1] and the southern Indian proto-Kannada-Telugu script.[73]

Mahabharata
Mahabharata
frieze

Other notable monuments at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
include a monolithic stone pillar bearing numerous inscriptions, the Naganatha temple, the Mahakuteshwara temple, which also bear numerous inscriptions, as well as several small shrines dedicated to Shiva. Near the Virupaksha, Sangameshwara and Mallikarjuna temples is a Shaiva stone pillar, featuring a trident emblem. The pillar bears inscriptions stating it was erected by Jnana Shivacharya from Mrigathanikahara, located on the north bank of the Ganges, and that he had gifted a parcel of land to the Vijayeshwara.[citation needed] In 2008, Upinder Singh wrote that S. Venkateshaiah, a senior archaeologist with the ASI had located the quarry where the stones were sourced some 5 kilometers away from the Pattadakal. The site is notable for sketches of Shiva, Nandi, Durga, Ganesh, trident, peacock, swastika, symbols and inscriptions. Some of these may be emblems of guilds (sanghata) that quarried and supplied the stones for temples.[74] Significance[edit] According to art historian Cathleen Cummings, the monuments at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
are a historically significant example of religion, society and culture, particularly Hindu
Hindu
and Jain, in the Deccan region and is an expression of Hindu
Hindu
kingship and religious worldview of 8th-century India. She writes that the artisans express the conflicting concepts of Dharma
Dharma
(duty, virtue, righteousness) and Moksha
Moksha
(liberation) in Hindu
Hindu
theology, particularly Pashupata Shaivism. Furthermore, she states that the significance lies not just within individual images but also in their relative location and sequence as well how it expresses the historic tension in Hindu
Hindu
religious tradition between the stately life of the householder and the life of the renouncer monk.[75] The expression of Dharma, particularly raja-dharma (royal authority and duty) as exemplified by Rama, and Moksha
Moksha
are seen throughout the various temples at Pattadakal. The former is depicted in various friezes using examples of the life story of Rama from the Ramayana, while the latter is expressed with images of Lakulisha, Nataraja, Yoga, and numerous ascetics.[76] Other imagery that is particularly prevalent at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
is that between Purusha and Prakriti, the soul and the matter, the masculine and the feminine.[77] The temples at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
are symbolic of the Chalukya inclination towards integration, and experimentation, resulting in a merging of the Northern and Southern Indian architectural styles. This is particularly evident when the architecture at Pattadakal, Aihole
Aihole
and Badami
Badami
are viewed together. Aihole, in the 5th century, served as the incubator for the concepts that would lead to this integration of styles. These concepts were further refined in Badami
Badami
during the 6th and 7th centuries. The culmination of this is, as described by UNESCO, "the apogee of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the north and south of India".[2][78] Early medieval era music and arts[edit] Among the sculptures at Pattadakal
Pattadakal
is one of a long neck lute (Sitar-like) dated to the 10th-century. The site also shows friezes with more conventional musical instruments, but the long neck lute suggests there was a tradition of musicians innovating with new instrument designs. Another example are the 7th-century stick zithers found carved in the bas-relief at Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu.[79] See also[edit]

Aihole Badami
Badami
cave temples Ellora Caves Mahakuta
Mahakuta
group of temples Sirpur Group of Monuments Sudi Gajendragad Lakkundi Mahadeva Temple (Itagi) Alampur group of temples, Andhra Pradesh List of State Protected Monuments in Karnataka

Notes[edit]

^ The script is also called "early Nagari", "Kutila", "Vikata" and "acute angled"; it is referred to as Siddham script in East Asian Buddhist texts.[72]

References[edit]

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