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Group of Monuments at Pattadakal
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 7-8th centuries
Date of Inscription: 1987
Location: Asia, India, State of Karnataka, Bijapur District, Badami Taluk
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Description: Pattadakal, located in Karnataka, exemplifies an eclectic art during its climax under the Chalukya dynasty (7th-8th centuries), it is characterized by its harmonious fusion of architectural forms from both northern and southern India. The site boasts a striking series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary. A conspicuous masterpiece among the group is the Temple of Virupaksha, built by Queen Lokamahadevi in c. 740 in honor of her husband's victory over the kings from the South. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Pattadakal (Kannada- ಪಟ್ಟದಕಲ್) is a town in the Indian state of Karnataka famous for its group of monuments that are the culmination of earliest experiments in vesara style of Hindu temple architecture. The temples were built in the 8th century CE. The uniqueness of this place derives from the presence of both the Dravidian or the Southern and the Nagara or the Northern (Indo-Aryan) styles of temple architecture. Pattadakal is 22 kms from Badami, the capital of the Chalukya dynasty of Southern India, who built the temples in the seventh and eighth centuries. There are ten temples including a Jain sanctuary sourrounded by numerous small shrines and plinths. Four temples were built in Dravidian style, four in nagara style of Northern India and the Papanatha temple in mixed style. The group of mounuments in Pattadakal was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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