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    Best time to Visit Aihole: Jan,Oct,dec

    Category : History/heritage: History & Heritage

    Duration(days) : 1 Days

    Description

    Aihole is a historic village in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. 
    It is known for its historic temple complex, with about 125 stone temples dating from 5th century CE made out of beatiful Chalukyan architecture.

    It is a popular tourist spot in north Karnataka, and forms a favorite historical circuit (Hampi - Badami - Aihole - Pattadakal) with its neighbouring cities.

    Aihole lies along the Malaprabha River. 
    Legend has it that Lord Parasuram, after avenging the death of his father came down to the river Malaprabha and washed his blood-stained hands and the battle axe. The blood and gore on the axe turned the river into red. A woman saw this and screamed ‘Ayyo Hole’ or ‘Oh No Blood!’ in Kannada, hence the place derived its name Aihole.


    Aihole was once the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty, and was rich is culture and was center of architectural experiments by several gifted artisans. This ancient city was referred as 'cradle of Hindu rock architecture' in ancient times.

    The Aihole temple complexs architectural structures are on the pending list of UNESCO World heritage sites.
    You can find 2 phases of temples, the first phase of temples in Aihole dates back to the fifth–sixth century, and the second phase up to the 12th century CE.


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    Durga Temple

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    Durga Temple is the prime attraction of Aihole, it is one of the most elaborately decorated monument in Aihole and is very photogenic. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, and owes its name due to its proximity to a fort or ‘Durg’. Its is also referred as fortress temple. The temple is filled with beautiful carvings and a pillared corridor runs around the temple.
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      Ladh Khan Temple

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      The Lad Khan Temple is one of the oldest structures in Aihole, believed to be built in 5th century. The temple built by the Chalukyas and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It was later named after a Muslim Prince who resided here for a while. The temple was built in the Panchayat Hall style with two sanctums. The main sanctum contains a Shiva Linga and a Nandi, whereas the second sanctum has intricate carvings on the outer wall.
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        Ravana Phadi cave

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        Ravana Phadi cave is one of the oldest rock cut temples in Aihole. This Shaivite cave temple dates back to the 6th century. There is a Shivalinga in the inner sanctorum. The walls and sides of the temple are covered with large figures including dancing Shiva, surrounded by Saptamatrikas, all engraved in bold relief and in elegant styles.
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          Archaeological Museum

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          The Museum and Art Gallery is a sculpture gallery maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India in the Durga Temple complex which opens from Saturday to Thursday.
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            Huchimalli Temple

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            Huchimalli (gudi) temple at Aihole was built in the 7th century. The architectural practice of constructing a vestibule in front of the sanctum was introduced for the first time here, the architecture shows an evolution in the temple plan. This temple has shrines dedicated to Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva.
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              Huchappayana Temple / Huchappayyagudi Temple

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              The Huchappayana Temple is located to the south of Aihole fort, on the way to the Malaprabha river. The interior of this Shiva temple has beautiful carvings. There are several big square pillars in the porch and hall, and the pillars of the porch have finely carved figures of couples. A beautiful carved image of Nataraja can be found on the ceiling. The temple dates back to 8th century.
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                Gowda Temple

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                Gowda Temple is a 12th century temple, built in a style similar to that of Lad Khan Temple. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhagavati. It has a high molded base and 16 pillars.
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                  Meguti Jain Temple / Meganagudi group temples

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                  This Jain temple is dedicated to Mahavira, the 24th tirthankara. It stands on a hillock, and needs to climb flight of steps to reach the mukhamantapa. From the hill top, one can have a panoramic view of the plain with a hundred temples or so. The Meguti or the Meganagudi is a Jinalaya in the Dravidian style enclosed by a stone wall. It has a natural cavern inside.
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                    Chakra Gudi

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                    Chakra Gudi is a 9th century temple and houses a rekhanagara style tower.
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                      Suryanarayana Temple

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                      Suryanarayana temple is a 7th century temple, that has a statue of Surya along with his consorts Usha and Sandhya being drawn by horses.
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                        By Air
                        The nearest airport is Goa which is 230 km from Aihole. 

                        By Rail
                        The nearest railway station is Bagalkot, which is 34 km from Aihole. 

                        By Road
                        Aihole has good road connectivity.
                        There are regular buses from neighbouring major cities to Aihole.
                        Here are some important distances to note from Aihole:
                        Pattadakal - 14 kms
                        Badami - 35 kms
                        Hampi - 138 kms
                        Bijapur -  114 kms
                        Hubballi - 133 kms
                        Dabolim (Goa) - 301 kms
                        Bangalore - 446 kms