|Perfect geometrical shapes & lines of Nandi Temple|
The group of magnificent temples & shrines is representative of Chalukyan temple architecture. Some temples are in Nagara ( North Indian) style & some others in Dravidian architectural style having beautiful engravings & statues based on stories of Ramayana & Mahabharata. Chalukyas evolved their own distinct styles by fusing them. It is said that queen Lokadevi (Lokamahadevi) brought sculptors from Kanchipuram to create the marvelous temple complex in honour of victories of King Vikrmaditya II (734 to 745) over Pallavas.
Spread over an area of four acres this wonderful complex has been included in the list of World Heritage sites in 1987. Some photos.
|Magnificent style of temple|
|Canopy here has a different style. Part of Virupaksha temple.|
|Vamna Avtaar. As dwarf brahmin Lord Vishnu asked three steps of land from asura king Bali & then measured the world in two & a half steps. King asked Vamna to place foot on his head as King had nothing more to offer|
|Restoration work is on|
|Symbol of Chalukyas. The symbol shown here comprises of selective distinct properties of seven animals - Elephant, Crocodile, Lion, Peacock, Boar, Horse & Mahisha|
|A view of the Virupaksh temple|
|Time & weather have taken their toll|
|View of the monuments|