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Sangameswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Pattadakkal

Sangameswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Pattadakkal

Pattadakkal was the cultural capital of Chalukya Kings, though their political capital was at Badami. The coronation ceremonies of the Chalukyan Kings were taken place at this temple. At present, Pattadakkal- a world Heritage site…

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Virupaksha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Hampi

Virupaksha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Hampi

An ancient, well known Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva in Karnataka. It is situated at the heart of Hampi, the capital of the ruined Vijayanagara Empire. Before going to the story of the temple…

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Mahabaleshwar (Lord Shiva) Temple, Gokarna

Mahabaleshwar (Lord Shiva) Temple, Gokarna

A famous Hindu temple of Lord Shiva. There is an interesting legend on the origin of this temple. It goes like this; the mother of Ravan (the King of Lanka in the Hindu epic Ramayan)…

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Durga Temple, Aihole

Durga Temple, Aihole

Another gem of Chalukya Hindu temple architecture. It is apsidal in plan as is in typical Budhist Chaitya vihars. A pillared corridor runs around the temple, enveloping the sanctum sanctorum and the main hall facing…

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Bhutanatha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Badami

Bhutanatha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Badami

A well-known Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Kings. The Chalukya’s ruled the region from six to ninth centuries AD. More than the temple, the serene atmosphere that…

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Mahakuteswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Badami

Mahakuteswara (Lord Shiva) Temple, Badami

A celebrated temple of the Chalukya rulers of 7th century AD, dedicated to Lord Shiva, known as Mahakuteshwara. Legend is that Sage Agasthya did penance here and he consecrated this temple. It is believed he…

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Banashankari (Goddess Durga) Temple, Badami

Banashankari (Goddess Durga) Temple, Badami

A popular abode of Goddess Parvati in Karnataka, near the Karnataka-Maharashtra border. The history of the temple dates back to the Seventh century AD, during the early Chalukya period. Many believe the worship existed even…

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Manjunatha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Dharmasthala

Manjunatha (Lord Shiva) Temple, Dharmasthala

A famous Hindu temple of South Karnataka. More than the temple, the charity work done by the temple trust is famous all around. There is an interesting legend on the origin of the temple. About…

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Sri Saradamba (Goddess Durga) Temple, Sringeri

Sri Saradamba (Goddess Durga) Temple, Sringeri

Before going to the temple an introduction to Sringeri is necessary. Sringeri, on the banks of River Tungabhadra, is the place where Sri Sankaracharya chose to establish his fourth matha or hermitage to propagate his…

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Vidyashankar Temple,  Sringeri

Vidyashankar Temple, Sringeri

An 800 years old Hindu temple. Sringeri is the place where Sri Sankaracharya established his fourth Matha to propagate the ‘Advaita’ philosophy. The Vidyashanker temple is dedicated to Sri.Vidya Shanker or Vidyathirtha, a holy pontiff…

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