Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal

The rock-cut temples at Badami and the structural temples at Aihole and Pattadakal trace the evolution of early temple architecture under the Early Chalukya Dynasty.

Famous for its rock-cut cave temples dedicated to Hinduism and Jainism, Badami was the capital of the Chalukya dynasty. The caves are noted for their intricate carvings and beautiful frescoes. Nearby, the Badami fort offers insights into acient fortification techniques.

Pattadakal, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcases a blend of North Indian (Nagara) and South Indian (Dravidian) architectural styles. It served as a ceremonial site for Chalukyan kings and features a complex of Hindu and Jain temples.

The town of Badami, the nearby villages of Aihole and Pattadakal, and the pilgrimage site of Mahakuta, in the Malprabha valley of central Karnataka, are celebrated for their magnificent rock-cut shrines and structural temples. These Hindu and Jain monuments are associated with the Early Chalukyas who reigned over this part of the Deccan in the 6th8th centuries. Together with a profusion of magnificent sculptures, mostly found in situ, these shrines and temples may be considered among the earliest, best-preserved vestiges of temple art in India.

To get to know more about the temples of Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal, watch the video below of Historian-Author Anirudh Kanisetti in conversation with Dr. George Michell, Architectural Historian and Co-Founder of the DHF.


To learn more, see the DHF guide to Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal.