Pattadakal going students can have their industrial visit in Bagalkot district; Bagalkot forms the twelfth largest economy of state of Karnataka with prominent industries like Agro, Cement, cotton, Dairy, granite and textiles contributing significantly, the main industrial players in the region includes Kanoria Industries Ltd, Jyoti Cement, Bagalkot co-operative spinning mill ltd, Godhawari and Jamkhandi sugar mills ltd, Banhatti co-operative spinning mill, Dempo diary industries ltd etc. there are other small scale industries also in Bagalkot region like, Ceramic Tile Industry, tyre industry, Stone Cutting And polishing Industry, bangles, Match Stick Industries, Agarbatti Industries, Plastic Bag Industries etc.
22 km from Badami, the ancient capital of the eastern Chalukyas, Pattadakal, today, is a small settlement in the state of Karnataka. Still, the place is a huge drawcard for tourists. The reason is obvious. Today, the ancient temples of eastern Chalukyas, built in the 7th and 8th centuries at Pattadakal, survive to be awe-inspiring spectacles for the flocks of tourists who throng to them.
Travellers to Pattadakal are in for a treat. Its architectural splendor will certainly appeal to your sense of sight. The monuments in Pattadakal were included in the list of World Heritage Sites in 1987.
Sights to See
Built by Queen Lokamahadevi in 745 to commemorate her husband’s (Vikramadiyta II) victory over the Pallavas, the temple is influenced by the architecture of the Kailasanatha temple at Kanchipuram. The Virupaksha temple later served as a model for the Rashtrakuta ruler Krishna I (757 -783 A.D.) to carve out the great Kailasa at Ellora.
The Virupaksha is a large complex consisting of a tall vimana with axial mandapas and peripheral sub-shrines round the court, enclosed by a wall with gopura-entrances in front and behind, all designed and completed at one time. As such, this is the earliest extant temple-complex in the Chalukyan series. The massive gopuras are also the earliest. The compound-wall of the complex, following the plan of the group itself, has on its coping kuta and said-heads, suggestive of a derivation from the Shore-temple at Mahabalipuram-a device which gives the impression of a lower storey when viewed from a distance.
Oldest temple in Pattadakal the Sangamesvara temple exhibits to a large degree the southerly elements in their vimanas, as crystallized in the contemporary Pallava temples. Built by Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya (697-733 AD), the temple has no sukanasika. The main vimana of the Sangamesvara is of three storeys. The lowermost storey is surrounded by two walls, the inner and outer, the second storey being an upward projection of the inner wall, while the outer wall encloses the covered circumambulatory round the sanctum.
Built by another queen of Vikramadiyta II, the temple was built immediately after the Virupaksha. It is a smaller temple with a four-storeyed vimana with a circular griva and sikhara. It has more or less a similar plan.
Kashivisvanatha Temple, Kadasiddhesvara and Jambulingeswara temples, Galganatha temple, Jaina Narayana, Naganatha temple, Chandrashekara temple and Mahakuteshwara temple are the famous shrines in Pattadakal.
- Bagalkot Cement and Industries Ltd
- Bagalkot Co-operative Spinning Mills Ltd
And many More Industries for more information see state wise list of Industries
Badami (22 km)
Known as Vatapi in ancient India, Badami was once the capital of the Chalukyas who rose to power in much of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh in the middle of the 6th century AD. Its claim to world fame lies in the magnificent rock-cut cave temples built by the Early Chalukyas who is great temple builders. Awesome achievement of the architects, the Badami temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and the Jain Tirthankaras, displaying the secular nature of the Chalukyas of Vatapi or modern Badami. These temples are known for profusion of symbolic and mystical carvings of the highest order.
Aihole (10 km)
The wonderful monuments found at Aihole are mute spectator of the glory of the Chalukyas of Badami. The first great ruler of the dynasty was Pulikeshin I (543-66 A.D) who performed the ashwamedha (horse sacrifice) after vanquishing many rulers including those of the Kadamba dynasty. He made Vatapi (modern Badami in Bagalkot district) his capital. His grandson, Pulikeshin II (609-42) built a vast empire which extended from Narmada in the north to the Cauveri in the south. He is credited with checking the southern march of Harshvandhana of Kanauj.
How would you like to travel?
- 205 km from Belgaum
- 24 km from Badami
- 495 km from Bangalore
- 20 km from Aihole
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