Pattadakkal

A world Heritage centre, Pattadakkal has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. It lies on the banks of the river Malaprabha and used to be the place where the Chalukyan Kings (7 to 9 Century) were crowned. The oldest temple in this group is the Sanghmeswara. The Mallikarjuna temple has pillars depicting the birth and life of Krishna. The largest of the temples, the Virupaksha has sculptures and panels depicting scenes from the epics, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The Papanatha temple in the northern style has impressive carvings on pillars and on the ceiling.