Our trip to Pattadakal was a hurried one, and we had time only to visit some of the main temples. Come along with me as I go over the same path once more..... We started at the northern end of the temple complex, and this was the board which greeted us...
The Kadasiddheshwara Temple is the first temple we come to, and it is believed to have been built in the middle of the seventh century.
The temple is quite a simple structure, with the front mandapa having a flat, closed roof and no pillars.
The ornate doorway is flanked by the Dwarapalakas - or gatekeepers...
But there is a wealth of detail even in this 'simple' temple... just take a look!
|Detail on the shikara|
|Window-holes or works of art?|
|The main sanctum - Atop the doorway, at the centre is Shiva with Parvati, |
on the left is Vishnu and on the right is Brahma!
The second temple is the Jambulinga temple, which is almost exactly the same as the first one....
The Galaganatha Temple is the third one, and it must have been a much bigger temple when it was built around the year 750AD.
Built on a raised platform, the imposing shikara stands tall even today, while part of the outer walls have succumbed to weather, disuse and neglect.
|The doorway to the sanctum has this beautiful figure of a dancing Shiva|
|I wonder which figure once stood here. must have been a form of Shiva, for the Ganas are depicted at the bottom!|
These pillars are probably part of the original temple, and they are lying around while the ASI tries to put them together... Meanwhile, we are able to take a closer look at the beautiful work....
and we are also able to get an idea of how the artisans managed to put such a beautiful temple together! See the way the stone has been cut? These will fit perfectly into another section! And to think, all this was done completely by handheld tools, bereft of any machines!
This section shows us how the stones have been fixed on to each other.... Our guide seemed an enthusiastic person, and he told us all the technical terms for these things, but its been almost a year since I returned, and unfortunately, the technical terms elude me. So please make do with just admiring the beauty and the resourcefulness of these talented architects and craftsmen!
|A beautiful piece of work... wonder where it fit originally!|
|This was once part of the ceiling. Today, it lies on the ground...|
|With so many stones lying around, how could he resist clambering up a couple?|