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ISKCON temple at Karnataka is one of the centre for spiritual Art and Culture. This temple is built in a modern way and attracts many tourists nowadays. Lord Krishna is the main deity and apart from lord Krishna there are effigies of Radha Krishna Lalita Vishaka, Jagannath Baladev Subhadra, and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.

The main sanctum has gold pated shrine with Lord Krishna. This is the largest ISKCON temple in India and has excellent architecture.

This temple has lots of books based on spiritual studies. There are cloths, rings, chains, bracelets, bags and garlands having the image of Lord Krishna. Lots and lots of tourists throng at this temple every day and chant the name of Lord Krishna.

The main motive of this temple is to bring harmony among the people and make them cut loose from the materialistic pleasure. The colourful chandeliers that hung in the centre of the temple increases the spiritual energy and make the devotees feel the presence of Lord.

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The folk tale of Murudheswara swings back to Ramayana era. It was the time of Ramayana war, Ravana the antagonist of the plot, is an ardent Siva devotee. He in order to gain immortality underwent a diligent penance towards lord Siva. Being pleased with his peerless devotion Lord Siva granted him the Atma Linga- the source of immortality, with a condition that he should never place it on ground, till he reaches SriLankan. Vishnu, knowing all these wanted Ravana to lose his boon, so he played a trick on him. With his Chakra he shielded the sun and makes it appear like dawn, Ravana though it was evening and he went for his evening Pooja, handing over the Atma Linga to a Brahmin boy and asked him to keep it till he returns. This Brahmin boy is none other than Lord Ganesha; he places the Atma Linga down and vanished, when Ravana came back he was speechless with rage. Then he found that he was fooled and wanted to destroy the Atma Linga, but he couldn’t even shake it, at last using all his strength he tore of the outer shroud of Atma Linga and hurled it 32 km away on the Kanduka hills, were later on a temple was erected and named Murudeshwarar.

This temple is encased on all three sides by Arabia Sea, the 249 feet Raja Kopura is sheer work of excellence and the statue of Siva in sitting posture make the onlookers tongue tied, adding to it the two life size elephants on either sides of the threshold gives the temple a majestic look. This temple is fully furnished with modern amenities and there are is even lift facilities inside the Raja Kopura for the better view of Lord Murudeshwara.

The piece of Original Atma Linga is believed to buried two feet underground; devotees can visit this Linga and can do self pooja to the Lord.

All Siva festivals are commemorated here in a grand manner. Especially, Shivaratri, Pradosham, and Diwali are quite famous.

Lord Shiva Statue, Venkatapur Temple, Lakshmi Temple, and Shree Shaba Somesh Temple are most famous temples near Murudeshwara Temple.

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Kateel, A famous pilgrimage and tourist Centre is situated on the banks on river Nandhini, it is surrounded panoramic scenes and beautiful hills. The temple Kateel is dedicated to goddess Durga Parameshwari also known as Bhraamare(big, furious bee). The temple is located 26 Kms north of Mangalore city in Dakshina Karnataka and it is considered as one of the Holiest temple in Hinduism. This holy place attracts thousands of devotees from all over. During rainy seasons, the river Nandhini flows and gushes like a python. The Nature surrounding the temple is a real treat to watch during this time.

The word Kati Which means ‘Centre’ between the 'Kanakagiri',( birthplace of river Nandhini and the end) and ‘lla’ which means ‘land’. Thus the place is called ‘Katti +lla’ – Kateel.

  •  Annual festival : This festival comes in the month of April and celebrated 8 Days with unique feature in each day.
  •  Laksha Depotsava : Festivals of lights is celebrated on the day of Kathika Bahula Panchami Masa.
  •  Yakshagana : Since Goddess Durga was a dancing damsel in the garden, ‘ Yakshagana’ , A popular dance of Karnataka is enacted here.
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Mekekattu Nandikeshwara Temple is absolutely and historical location, situated approximately 20 kilometers from Kundapura town, Mekekattu Nandikeshwara Temple lies in the limits of Udupi taluk, situated in a remote place near Saibra katte. The place is very close to Barkur in Shirya village. As per the legend, the temple is built by Parshurama just like other major temples of coastal Karnataka. This temple is considered to be at least 1000 years old. It’s said to attract large crowd during Sankaranti festival, especially during annual festival, Hasara and Sedi.

Outstanding attraction mekkekattu temple include a huge collection of colored , idol made of wood, many of that measured 10 ft. height. This ensures that no Abhisheka is performed in this temple. The wood will not with stand any of the offerings made during ritual. The statues are made of Halsa Mara (Jack Fruit tree) found in abundance on forest close by. The majority among the wooden statues are in warrior dress, making an feeling that this complete collection of wodden statues are created to recollect an event of battle that might have been taken place here during 1600-1700 A.D(No Historic proof for this battle is discovered so far, however might be connected to mogul or Bahamani invasion). The deities a are 10 ft. tall and colorfully painted. The deities last around 150-200 years after which they are remade. It was last remade in 1970, and it was repainted in 2007. The place in and around Barkur had 365 temple out of which only 05 are functional, the rest have been destroyed. A few even hold an imitation of the old handgun or sword, Carved like it is prepared for battle. Each and every wooden status given local legendary names.

This place has two folklores associated with it the first story associated with sage Parshurama it is considered as a creations of sage Parshurama with the passage of time the area where the temple is situated has been called by different names. According to the legends, when drought hit this area sage Agastiya came here to perform Yajna to please the rain god. During the Yajna the Asurakumbha started bothering the sages. To rescue the sages Bheema killed the demon with the help of the sword gifted by lord Ganesha.

The other tale has told by the head priest of the temple is associated with the Allupas Dynasty. The Allupas (means: Kings) 450-1400 C.E were a minor dynasty who ruled parts of coastal Karnataka. Later with the dominance of Kadambas in Banawasi, they became feudatory to them. With the changing political scenario soon they became the feudatories to Chalukyas, Hoysalas and Vijaynagara Rayas. It’s believed that the temple was built by one of the kings of Allupas Dynasty. However the name of king is unknown. The king of Barkur was attacked by the neighbouring king and went to seek help from a sage in Jambur. The sage helped the king by requesting Lord Siva ( Who had agreed to grant the sage’s wish) to send his army. The mite army of lord shiva commanded by Nandi defeated the enemy and thus securing the kingdom. The king later built the temple for lord Shiva army for their help.

  •  Kundapura - 8km
  • Saibrakatte -2kms
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Dodda Ganesha Temple : Situated on the Bull temple Road of Basavanagudi, Dodda Ganapathi Temple is one of the most popular temples of the city and is widely known for its huge Statue of Lord Ganesha which is about 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. Also popularly known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapthi, the statue here at the temple is said to have grown to its present size on its own. This temple is also known for its Ganesha festival which attracts visitors from everywhere. During the festival which goes on for a week, the idol of Lord Ganesh is decorated in different ways. The most attracting one is Benne Alankara where idol is smeared with a 100 kg of butter. Ganesha Idol is also covered with in cream colour and is decorated with golden laces and buttons. It is the best time to visit this temple as you get a glimpse of the colorful fervor of the festival.

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple: Situated on Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru.Also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple, Is one of the most famous temples of Bangalore. It is known for its rock – cut architecture. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, this temple was created in the 6th century and in 16th century, it was restored and extended by the founder of Bangalore, Kempegowda. The granite pillars at the forecourt are the main attractions of the temple. The two pillars are said to be symbolic of the Sun and the Moon. This cave temple’s inner sanctum which has been carved in the rock also gives it a unique touch. It has been structured in such a way that it allows direct sunlight on the shrine. This happens every year in a particular month, a particular day. On this day, Sun rays magically reach the inner sanctorum of the temple. The statue of Nandi is first lighted with the rays and then touches the Shivalinam feet. And in the end, it illuminates the entire Shivalingam. This day, the day of festival Makar Sankranti, is celebrated.

06:00am - 12:30 Pm, Evening 5:30pm – 8:00pm

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HanumanTemple: Located on a hillock known as Raagi Gudda (Maize Mountain) the Hanuman Temple attracts large numbers of devotees from South Bangalore. Every year Sri Hanumath jayanti is celebrated grandly for 12 days featuring special abhishekas, homas, poojas and Maha Prasada will be served to the thousands of devotees every day. In addition to being a place of worship, it has now been transformed into a cultural, educational and social service project that offer free medical checkup, free education, book bank, free coaching for students, meditation centres, yoga, music and Veda reading, library and choultry. Three huge rocks representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the added attractions here. A unique feature of Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations is the educational exhibition organized with different themes.

Morning 08:00am - 01:00 Pm, Evening 5:00pm – 8:30pm

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Shiva Temple located in Old Airport Road Bangalore. The temple has a 65 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva in sitting posture and a huge Lord Ganesha statue and a Navagraha temple inside. An artificial pond resembling the ManaSarovar Lake and caves are attractions of this temple. You can worship the replicas of the twelve Jyothirlingas at the same place here. This place is a beautiful pilgrimage centre for all the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Morning 08:00am - 01:00 Pm, Evening 5:00pm – 8:30pm .

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Infant Jesus Church located in Vivek Nagar, Bangalore. Established in the year 1979 by Rev. Dr. Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church draws huge crowds on Thursdays, the day dedicated to Infant Jesus. There is a fan shaped hall which can accommodate around 2500 people through the nine entrances church. The mass takes place at various timings in English, Tamil and Kannada.

Morning 06:00am - Evening 09:00pm

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A majestic 5-storeyed mosque located in the heart of Bangalore’s City market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest mosque in the city. Its sprawling interiors, with pure white marble from Rajasthan, can accommodate a staggering 10,000 worshippers at a time.

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Feel your heart chanting the name of Lord as your sole touches the starling sanctum of Sri Lakshmi Narayana at Hosaholalu. Sui generis Hosala architecture of this temple attracts a million per year. Having Lord Narasimha as the prime deity, it also houses other Hindu Gods.

Like a diamond inside the star this temple sits in the center of a majestic star shaped platform, trikutachala (three celled) structures of the temple grooms its beauty to sheer excellence. Behold the breath taking beauty of Navagraha hall; a column of nine lathe turned masts embellished with gracefully dancing girls in stunning poses divides the shrine into nine cells that are marked with extradionary craftsmanship. The base has six stories of pattikas festooned with swans, elephants, leafy vines and scenes from great epics. Bewildered looks of the visitors is the reward of this temple’s architects.

Hoysala architecture was at its apogee during 13th century AD. This temple is their crowning achievement. This temple took is full form in the year 1259 AD under the reign of King Vira Someshwara. Till then this temple hadn’t worn out or crumbled, this is because of crème de la crème architecture.

Visitors can explore this piece of art for free.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 8 pm on all days.

Arkeshwara Temple - Hale Yedatore, Chunchanakatte Falls, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple - Thondandur and Sri Channakeshava Temple - Bherya are some of the nearby tourist spots.

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ISKCON temple at Karnataka is one of the centre for spiritual Art and Culture. This temple is built in a modern way and attracts many tourists nowadays. Lord Krishna is the main deity and apart from lord Krishna there are effigies of Radha Krishna Lalita Vishaka, Jagannath Baladev Subhadra, and Sri Sri Nitai Gauranga.

The main sanctum has gold pated shrine with Lord Krishna. This is the largest ISKCON temple in India and has excellent architecture.

This temple has lots of books based on spiritual studies. There are cloths, rings, chains, bracelets, bags and garlands having the image of Lord Krishna. Lots and lots of tourists throng at this temple every day and chant the name of Lord Krishna.

The main motive of this temple is to bring harmony among the people and make them cut loose from the materialistic pleasure. The colourful chandeliers that hung in the centre of the temple increases the spiritual energy and make the devotees feel the presence of Lord.

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The folk tale of Murudheswara swings back to Ramayana era. It was the time of Ramayana war, Ravana the antagonist of the plot, is an ardent Siva devotee. He in order to gain immortality underwent a diligent penance towards lord Siva. Being pleased with his peerless devotion Lord Siva granted him the Atma Linga- the source of immortality, with a condition that he should never place it on ground, till he reaches SriLankan. Vishnu, knowing all these wanted Ravana to lose his boon, so he played a trick on him. With his Chakra he shielded the sun and makes it appear like dawn, Ravana though it was evening and he went for his evening Pooja, handing over the Atma Linga to a Brahmin boy and asked him to keep it till he returns. This Brahmin boy is none other than Lord Ganesha; he places the Atma Linga down and vanished, when Ravana came back he was speechless with rage. Then he found that he was fooled and wanted to destroy the Atma Linga, but he couldn’t even shake it, at last using all his strength he tore of the outer shroud of Atma Linga and hurled it 32 km away on the Kanduka hills, were later on a temple was erected and named Murudeshwarar.

This temple is encased on all three sides by Arabia Sea, the 249 feet Raja Kopura is sheer work of excellence and the statue of Siva in sitting posture make the onlookers tongue tied, adding to it the two life size elephants on either sides of the threshold gives the temple a majestic look. This temple is fully furnished with modern amenities and there are is even lift facilities inside the Raja Kopura for the better view of Lord Murudeshwara.

The piece of Original Atma Linga is believed to buried two feet underground; devotees can visit this Linga and can do self pooja to the Lord.

All Siva festivals are commemorated here in a grand manner. Especially, Shivaratri, Pradosham, and Diwali are quite famous.

Lord Shiva Statue, Venkatapur Temple, Lakshmi Temple, and Shree Shaba Somesh Temple are most famous temples near Murudeshwara Temple.

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Kateel, A famous pilgrimage and tourist Centre is situated on the banks on river Nandhini, it is surrounded panoramic scenes and beautiful hills. The temple Kateel is dedicated to goddess Durga Parameshwari also known as Bhraamare(big, furious bee). The temple is located 26 Kms north of Mangalore city in Dakshina Karnataka and it is considered as one of the Holiest temple in Hinduism. This holy place attracts thousands of devotees from all over. During rainy seasons, the river Nandhini flows and gushes like a python. The Nature surrounding the temple is a real treat to watch during this time.

The word Kati Which means ‘Centre’ between the 'Kanakagiri',( birthplace of river Nandhini and the end) and ‘lla’ which means ‘land’. Thus the place is called ‘Katti +lla’ – Kateel.

  •  Annual festival : This festival comes in the month of April and celebrated 8 Days with unique feature in each day.
  •  Laksha Depotsava : Festivals of lights is celebrated on the day of Kathika Bahula Panchami Masa.
  •  Yakshagana : Since Goddess Durga was a dancing damsel in the garden, ‘ Yakshagana’ , A popular dance of Karnataka is enacted here.
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Mekekattu Nandikeshwara Temple is absolutely and historical location, situated approximately 20 kilometers from Kundapura town, Mekekattu Nandikeshwara Temple lies in the limits of Udupi taluk, situated in a remote place near Saibra katte. The place is very close to Barkur in Shirya village. As per the legend, the temple is built by Parshurama just like other major temples of coastal Karnataka. This temple is considered to be at least 1000 years old. It’s said to attract large crowd during Sankaranti festival, especially during annual festival, Hasara and Sedi.

Outstanding attraction mekkekattu temple include a huge collection of colored , idol made of wood, many of that measured 10 ft. height. This ensures that no Abhisheka is performed in this temple. The wood will not with stand any of the offerings made during ritual. The statues are made of Halsa Mara (Jack Fruit tree) found in abundance on forest close by. The majority among the wooden statues are in warrior dress, making an feeling that this complete collection of wodden statues are created to recollect an event of battle that might have been taken place here during 1600-1700 A.D(No Historic proof for this battle is discovered so far, however might be connected to mogul or Bahamani invasion). The deities a are 10 ft. tall and colorfully painted. The deities last around 150-200 years after which they are remade. It was last remade in 1970, and it was repainted in 2007. The place in and around Barkur had 365 temple out of which only 05 are functional, the rest have been destroyed. A few even hold an imitation of the old handgun or sword, Carved like it is prepared for battle. Each and every wooden status given local legendary names.

This place has two folklores associated with it the first story associated with sage Parshurama it is considered as a creations of sage Parshurama with the passage of time the area where the temple is situated has been called by different names. According to the legends, when drought hit this area sage Agastiya came here to perform Yajna to please the rain god. During the Yajna the Asurakumbha started bothering the sages. To rescue the sages Bheema killed the demon with the help of the sword gifted by lord Ganesha.

The other tale has told by the head priest of the temple is associated with the Allupas Dynasty. The Allupas (means: Kings) 450-1400 C.E were a minor dynasty who ruled parts of coastal Karnataka. Later with the dominance of Kadambas in Banawasi, they became feudatory to them. With the changing political scenario soon they became the feudatories to Chalukyas, Hoysalas and Vijaynagara Rayas. It’s believed that the temple was built by one of the kings of Allupas Dynasty. However the name of king is unknown. The king of Barkur was attacked by the neighbouring king and went to seek help from a sage in Jambur. The sage helped the king by requesting Lord Siva ( Who had agreed to grant the sage’s wish) to send his army. The mite army of lord shiva commanded by Nandi defeated the enemy and thus securing the kingdom. The king later built the temple for lord Shiva army for their help.

  •  Kundapura - 8km
  • Saibrakatte -2kms
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Dodda Ganesha Temple : Situated on the Bull temple Road of Basavanagudi, Dodda Ganapathi Temple is one of the most popular temples of the city and is widely known for its huge Statue of Lord Ganesha which is about 18 feet high and 16 feet wide. Also popularly known as Shakthi Ganapathi and Satya Ganapthi, the statue here at the temple is said to have grown to its present size on its own. This temple is also known for its Ganesha festival which attracts visitors from everywhere. During the festival which goes on for a week, the idol of Lord Ganesh is decorated in different ways. The most attracting one is Benne Alankara where idol is smeared with a 100 kg of butter. Ganesha Idol is also covered with in cream colour and is decorated with golden laces and buttons. It is the best time to visit this temple as you get a glimpse of the colorful fervor of the festival.

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Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple: Situated on Gavipura, Kempegowda Nagar, Bengaluru.Also known as Gavipuram Cave Temple, Is one of the most famous temples of Bangalore. It is known for its rock – cut architecture. Dedicated to the Lord Shiva, this temple was created in the 6th century and in 16th century, it was restored and extended by the founder of Bangalore, Kempegowda. The granite pillars at the forecourt are the main attractions of the temple. The two pillars are said to be symbolic of the Sun and the Moon. This cave temple’s inner sanctum which has been carved in the rock also gives it a unique touch. It has been structured in such a way that it allows direct sunlight on the shrine. This happens every year in a particular month, a particular day. On this day, Sun rays magically reach the inner sanctorum of the temple. The statue of Nandi is first lighted with the rays and then touches the Shivalinam feet. And in the end, it illuminates the entire Shivalingam. This day, the day of festival Makar Sankranti, is celebrated.

06:00am - 12:30 Pm, Evening 5:30pm – 8:00pm

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HanumanTemple: Located on a hillock known as Raagi Gudda (Maize Mountain) the Hanuman Temple attracts large numbers of devotees from South Bangalore. Every year Sri Hanumath jayanti is celebrated grandly for 12 days featuring special abhishekas, homas, poojas and Maha Prasada will be served to the thousands of devotees every day. In addition to being a place of worship, it has now been transformed into a cultural, educational and social service project that offer free medical checkup, free education, book bank, free coaching for students, meditation centres, yoga, music and Veda reading, library and choultry. Three huge rocks representing Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva are the added attractions here. A unique feature of Hanuman Jayanthi celebrations is the educational exhibition organized with different themes.

Morning 08:00am - 01:00 Pm, Evening 5:00pm – 8:30pm

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Shiva Temple located in Old Airport Road Bangalore. The temple has a 65 feet tall statue of Lord Shiva in sitting posture and a huge Lord Ganesha statue and a Navagraha temple inside. An artificial pond resembling the ManaSarovar Lake and caves are attractions of this temple. You can worship the replicas of the twelve Jyothirlingas at the same place here. This place is a beautiful pilgrimage centre for all the devotees of Lord Shiva.

Morning 08:00am - 01:00 Pm, Evening 5:00pm – 8:30pm .

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Infant Jesus Church located in Vivek Nagar, Bangalore. Established in the year 1979 by Rev. Dr. Lourduswamy, the then Archbishop of Bangalore, the church draws huge crowds on Thursdays, the day dedicated to Infant Jesus. There is a fan shaped hall which can accommodate around 2500 people through the nine entrances church. The mass takes place at various timings in English, Tamil and Kannada.

Morning 06:00am - Evening 09:00pm

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A majestic 5-storeyed mosque located in the heart of Bangalore’s City market area, the Jamia Masjid is the largest mosque in the city. Its sprawling interiors, with pure white marble from Rajasthan, can accommodate a staggering 10,000 worshippers at a time.

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Feel your heart chanting the name of Lord as your sole touches the starling sanctum of Sri Lakshmi Narayana at Hosaholalu. Sui generis Hosala architecture of this temple attracts a million per year. Having Lord Narasimha as the prime deity, it also houses other Hindu Gods.

Like a diamond inside the star this temple sits in the center of a majestic star shaped platform, trikutachala (three celled) structures of the temple grooms its beauty to sheer excellence. Behold the breath taking beauty of Navagraha hall; a column of nine lathe turned masts embellished with gracefully dancing girls in stunning poses divides the shrine into nine cells that are marked with extradionary craftsmanship. The base has six stories of pattikas festooned with swans, elephants, leafy vines and scenes from great epics. Bewildered looks of the visitors is the reward of this temple’s architects.

Hoysala architecture was at its apogee during 13th century AD. This temple is their crowning achievement. This temple took is full form in the year 1259 AD under the reign of King Vira Someshwara. Till then this temple hadn’t worn out or crumbled, this is because of crème de la crème architecture.

Visitors can explore this piece of art for free.

This temple is kept open from 6 am to 8 pm on all days.

Arkeshwara Temple - Hale Yedatore, Chunchanakatte Falls, Sri Venkata Ramana Temple - Thondandur and Sri Channakeshava Temple - Bherya are some of the nearby tourist spots.

Monuments - Karnataka

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Belgaum fort has recently honored by the Karnataka state as the 'state heritage monument'. This fort is a microcosm of India, as it has in it all religious shrines.

Everyone is in awe with this mind blowing fort. The very entrance is decorated on either side with Goddess Durga and god Ganapathi shrines. Then within a few yards appears the Chalukyan style Jain sanctorum. The impeccable Mukhamantaapa with intricate lotus designs on the ceilings is real piece of cake in the fort. As we trend in the labyrinth paths we will come to encounter a pair of stunning Mosques which are an excellent exemplar of Indo Saracenic and Deccan fusion art. Other than this most of the void spaces are spotted with some skeletons of hoary building. This fort is pregnant with historical facts and events. Though the former structure is no longer in existence, Belgaum fort is a mouth piece of our ancestors.

This fort sits just opposite to the serene lake and its history dates back to 1204 AD. Ratt Dynasty is the pioneer of this fort which later underwent several renovations by surplus rulers.

This fort has all primary facilities. There are well maintained rest rooms, food stall, souvenir shops, and camera/video pass.

This fort is open on all days from 8 am to 6.30 pm; another remarkable feature is that it is open even on public holidays. So take a trip to this historical monument on your holidays.

Entrance fare for this fort is reasonable, for foreigners Rs 150 and for Indians Rs 25, Video camera Rs 50.

Military Mahadeva temple, Gokak falls, kittu fort, and Godchinamalaki are some of the tourists places in Belgaum.

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Introduction:

The grandiose Chaubara tower is anchored at the junction of two major thoroughfares of the city. This pre Islamic product holds the gaze of many tourists. As it nestles in the center of the city, it is too much crowded and quite busy.

This fort is no doubt colossal; the 71 feet single cylindrical figure caresses the clouds that pass by. The tower must have been the watch fortification of Bidar in olden days. Style of this tower is purely Islamic and is believed to be a replica of a tower in Sammara mosque. Atop view from this tower is highly picturesque and ecstatic. A circular base with a girth of 180 feet and 16 feet 9 inches tall forms the strong base for this bulky tower. This base is carved with many arched niches which serve as the resting spot for the pedestrians till now. The apex of the tower is adorned on all four sides with sizable clocks. An archaic steel staircase spirals inside the tower and ceases at the open space of the terrace. The sun light pierces through a few openings in the wall and light the whole inner space of the tower.

This tower traces its history back to pre-Islamic period and is built by Ahamed Shah Wali and modified by his successors. This watch tower is built in par with the other fortifications of the town to pass information rapidly. Bara in Persian means a fortified placed ergo this tower is named as Chaubara.

Tourists are allowed to visit this tower from 8 am to 6 pm on all days.

This fort is free to all, and there is no charge for cameras and videos. You can explore it on your own.

Bidar fort, Rangeen Mahal, Tarkash Mahal, Gagan Mahal, And Jama Masijid are a few other tourist spot around Chaubara.

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Gasp at the 8th century age worn Bidar fort, the ramparts and fortifications of this fort is a work of excellence. This fort is nothing less of fabulous. As we stroll inside the fort we are filled with a sense trending through the ruins of Mughal Empire.

The three layered moat encompasses the Bidar fort, making tough for the trespasser to intrude. Though most of the structures are deformed, this fort still now stands with the pride of our ancestors marvelous craftsman shift. Our heart will leap at the very first sight of the audience hall, store house, perfumed baths, and aisles with little niches on their walls, grand fountain, spacious kitchens, praiseworthy pavilions, and royal gates. A three miles rampart runs around the Belgaum fort. This fort vivifies the luxurious life style of Mughals and gives a deep insight of the historical background of our successors. The edifice Rangin Mahal is impeccable and is used as the royal residence by the Mughals, every nook and cranny of this fort reflects exquisite Persian architecture.

The history of Belgaum fort traces back to 15th century, during the reign of Bahamani Sultan Ahamed Shah Wali, later it was renovated and modified by Barid Shahi Sultans, this fort was used as the residence as royal people and royal guests.

Starting from 8 am to 6.30 pm this fort is kept open on all days. Visiting duration is 1-2 hours.

There is no entrance fare for visitors; tourists can take their cameras and videos for free.

Guru Nanak Jhira Sahib and Narasimha Jhira Cave Temple are the nearby places to this fort.

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Behold the unimaginable boulders sticking out from the hillocks, giving goose bumps to the viewers. History oozes from every block of this startling relic, and the tourist are caught napping as they ramble through the maze. Never skip Chitradurga without visiting this living artifact.

Legend has it that an eerie man-eater Hadimba curb the whole Chitradurga, and no one dare to near him knowing his obnoxious temper. But his irksome rule came to a halt by the invasion of Pandavas and most particularly by Bhima, it is believed that this is the place where Bhima and Hadimba crossed their swords and the boulder glued to the hillocks are the ones hurled by them during their fierce duel.

A grand seven echelon ramparts encircle this historical treasure till dooms day, a seven feet snake is chiseled on the threshold depicting the meander path inside, the silhouettes of the polished rocks against the pale sky adds fifty cents to the fort's beauty, and the trekkers never leave this place unsatisfied, there are lot more enshrouded edifices which are architectural mysteries still now. This age old fort will turn to be a fun filled excursion spot and will leave you with surplus of unanswered questions.

This fort has its roots from 10th century AD, and is given life by Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, and Hoyasalas. But its fame reaches the pinnacle only during 14th century - 18th centuries, under Nayaka's reign.

To explore this historical monument you have to pay Rs 5 (For Indians)/Rs 100 (for foreigners), and Rs 25 for video camera if you want to click some memorable snaps.

The fort is open for the tourists from 9 am to 6 pm.

Vani Vilas Sagar Dam, Ankali Mutt, Hidimbeshwar temple and Kallina Kote are the few tourist places around Chitradurga.

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The cluster of monuments in Hampi have lifted India to the pinnacle of incredible architecture, this serene land better known as Kishkinda holds a lion's share in the epic Ramayana; it's the land of prosperity, divinity, sanctity and purity which had once sheltered the great Rama Himself and now beaming with the pride of being the World Heritage Site. This grandeur art work sprawls across an area of 46 sq. km across the sand banks of river Tungabhadra.

These crumbling relics are still now a bizarre even to world's brightest brains, this time worn erections are magnum opus of Vijayanagar Empire and are group of priceless stones on the sands of Karnataka shinning glamorously on the banks of river Tungabhadra, encased by grand seven frontiers.

Every soul will wish to have thousand eyes as they ramble inside these grand frontiers, Lords of all religions blesses you from their awe inspiring sanctorum, the king's balance known as Tulabhara mesmerizes the visitors, each piece of art here is intricately carved with stately statues, eye snatching paintings, breath taking pavilions, stupendous stupas and miraculous miniatures. Lotus Mahal is the apple of the visitor's eyes, the flowery patterns all over its ceilings, and the arresting niches in the window sills are all adding credits to it. The beautiful terracotta, ceramic, and stucco effigies emblazon the Dibbas.

Vijaya Nagar is the great last largest empire to rule India; the emperors of this reign are ardent lovers of art and architecture and groomed India's art by establishing lots of monuments, and their Magnum opus is the group monuments of Hampi. This remarkable piece of work traces its history back to 1509 under the observation of Krishna Deva Raya built in typical Dravidian architecture with a tint of Mughal architecture.

To encounter the India,s finest architecture one has to pay the entrance fee, for Indian Rs-10, for Foreigners Rs-250, Video camera Rs-500 and still camera Rs-50.

This place is open for the visitors from 8.30 to 17.30 hrs, on all days.

Sunset Point at Matanga hill, Virupaksha temple, Lakshmi Heritage, Kiskinda heritage, Narasimha temple, and Sugriva's cave are some of the tourists places in Hampi.

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Belgaum fort has recently honored by the Karnataka state as the 'state heritage monument'. This fort is a microcosm of India, as it has in it all religious shrines.

Everyone is in awe with this mind blowing fort. The very entrance is decorated on either side with Goddess Durga and god Ganapathi shrines. Then within a few yards appears the Chalukyan style Jain sanctorum. The impeccable Mukhamantaapa with intricate lotus designs on the ceilings is real piece of cake in the fort. As we trend in the labyrinth paths we will come to encounter a pair of stunning Mosques which are an excellent exemplar of Indo Saracenic and Deccan fusion art. Other than this most of the void spaces are spotted with some skeletons of hoary building. This fort is pregnant with historical facts and events. Though the former structure is no longer in existence, Belgaum fort is a mouth piece of our ancestors.

This fort sits just opposite to the serene lake and its history dates back to 1204 AD. Ratt Dynasty is the pioneer of this fort which later underwent several renovations by surplus rulers.

This fort has all primary facilities. There are well maintained rest rooms, food stall, souvenir shops, and camera/video pass.

This fort is open on all days from 8 am to 6.30 pm; another remarkable feature is that it is open even on public holidays. So take a trip to this historical monument on your holidays.

Entrance fare for this fort is reasonable, for foreigners Rs 150 and for Indians Rs 25, Video camera Rs 50.

Military Mahadeva temple, Gokak falls, kittu fort, and Godchinamalaki are some of the tourists places in Belgaum.

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Belgaum fort has recently honored by the Karnataka state as the 'state heritage monument'. This fort is a microcosm of India, as it has in it all religious shrines.

Everyone is in awe with this mind blowing fort. The very entrance is decorated on either side with Goddess Durga and god Ganapathi shrines. Then within a few yards appears the Chalukyan style Jain sanctorum. The impeccable Mukhamantaapa with intricate lotus designs on the ceilings is real piece of cake in the fort. As we trend in the labyrinth paths we will come to encounter a pair of stunning Mosques which are an excellent exemplar of Indo Saracenic and Deccan fusion art. Other than this most of the void spaces are spotted with some skeletons of hoary building. This fort is pregnant with historical facts and events. Though the former structure is no longer in existence, Belgaum fort is a mouth piece of our ancestors.

This fort sits just opposite to the serene lake and its history dates back to 1204 AD. Ratt Dynasty is the pioneer of this fort which later underwent several renovations by surplus rulers.

This fort has all primary facilities. There are well maintained rest rooms, food stall, souvenir shops, and camera/video pass.

This fort is open on all days from 8 am to 6.30 pm; another remarkable feature is that it is open even on public holidays. So take a trip to this historical monument on your holidays.

Entrance fare for this fort is reasonable, for foreigners Rs 150 and for Indians Rs 25, Video camera Rs 50.

Military Mahadeva temple, Gokak falls, kittu fort, and Godchinamalaki are some of the tourists places in Belgaum.

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The cradle of Rock Temple Architecture, the city where there are around 125 stone temples believed to exist from the 5th century CE is the small village Aihole situated in the Baghalkot District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 500 kms from the state capital Bangaluru. Wherever you walk, you will end up on the façade of a temple in Aihole.

The rock cut shrines and the huge figurines which have never got duplicated stand as a testimony for the past 1500 years portraying the Chalukiyan Architecture who have reigned this area headquartered at another historic city Badami. It is surprising to know that the excavations have revealed magnificent structures dating to pre-chalukian dynasty, that is, building built even before 5th century. The architectural styles deployed and the grandeur in which the structures and the shrines have been built have got the accolades to Aihole that it is renowned as the Cradle of Rock Temple Architecture.

The most successful Chalukian King, Pulikesin II, after conquering the King Harshavardhana, ruled this part of the state. Though he was following Vaishnavism, he respected all the religions and built temples symbolizing his love and care for all sections of his citizens. The construction works commenced by him have continued till the 12th century. But for the commitment and perseverance of our forefathers, we would not have got the treasure of these awesome temple city. Mortarless Assembly, more preference to length rather than height or width, ceilings which are richly carved and flat roofs and the aesthetic sensibility of the sculptures which are uniquely designed are the significant features of all these structures. Though it is called Chalukian Architecture, historians record that the chalukian artisans have incorporated the prevailing styles of North Indian, South Indian and Deccan to make a right blend of all these constructions. Even though most of the buildings are claimed to be an experimental constructions, people visiting this place do not feel so, as every premise is complete in all aspects in turn attracting lakhs of visitors every year.

The places that will kindle your interest to know more about the culture and tradition of the Chalukian Dynasty are, Lad Khan temple(the ancient of all structures), Durga Temple complex, Jain Basadi, Jyothirlinga Group, Galaganatha temples (Around thirty temples situated adjacent to each other) and Hachappaya Matha.

Come to Aihole and the visit will take you on a time machine to the Chalukian dynasty with its everlasting architectural marvels.

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Belur, situated in the Hassan District of the South Indian State Karnataka is a city of architectural wonders. From the state capital Bangaluru, Belur is at a distance of 220kms. Belur is a very important tourist destination in the state. The city witnesses of hundreds of tourists every day. There is yet another tourist destination called Halabedu which is only 16kms away from Belur.

Belur is the place where the Hoysala architecture was at its peak. The main attraction of the city is the Chenna kesava temple constructed in the year 1117 CE. As the Hoysaka kings were very particular in bringing out an architecturally wonderful temple, they had spent nearly103 years in completing this temple in all aspects. The entire building of the temple is 37meters tall and built on a five feet platform.The main gateway tower called Rayagopura or Rajagopuram was raised by the Vijayanagara Kings in commemoration of their victory over the Cholas in a place called Thalakad.

The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Chennakesava meaning “Beautiful Vishnu” in the temple which has taken around 103 years for completion of construction. We will be amazed to see the dedication and devotion of the Hoysala Kings by looking at the ornate paintings and the wonderful figurines in the temple. It is believed that the Hoysala Queen Shanthala Devi herself danced in front of the temple during the construction of this temple which you see at the façade of the temple in the form of beautiful figurines in different dancing postures. Even today you can see the tourists enjoy dancing on the platform and recording those wonderful moments.

The intricate carvings on the walls depict the pictures of lions, horses, elephants, a lady with the mirror and dancing women make your visit to this temple more fascinating. Along with this temple, the Hoysaleswara temple at Halabedu and the monuments of Jainism in Shravanabelagola are proposed as the World Heritage Sites to be recognized by UNESCO.

Come and enjoy the splendid architecture of Belur and the get blessed by Lord Chennakesava.

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The cultural capital of Karnataka, the administrative center for Kingdom of Mysore for over four centuries, the city with full of heritage structures and palaces is Mysore, now officially called as Mysuru. Located at the foothills of Chamundi Hills, Mysore is at a distance of 146 kms southwest of the Karnataka state capital, Bangaluru. There exists a Tropical Savanna Climate in Mysore. Summer season is from March to June, Monsoon is from July to November and winter season is from December to February.

Popularly known as the cultural capital of Karnataka, Mysore is famous for the different art forms and the festivities. Especially, the Dusserah festival celebrated for ten days during September or October attracts lakhs of tourists every year. It will be a fascinating experience watching the celebrations on the ninth day of Dusserah when the Royal sword is worshipped and taken on a procession of decorated elephants. On the tenth day called “Viajayadasami”, the rituals and celebrations are in a grand manner. The idol of the Goddess Chamundeeswari is kept atop a decorated elephant which leads the procession of table, group dancers, decorated elephants, horses and camels. People in Karnataka call this procession as Jamboo Savaari. The procession and the rituals will be a real feast to the eyes.

Mysore is also called the City of Palaces. The tourists have a wonderful experience visiting the palaces which are the real architectural marvels. Mysore palace tops the list followed by Jaganmohana palace, Rajendra Vilas, Lalitha Mahal, Jayalakshmi Vilas.

Mysore is also famous for many things like, the sweet Mysore Pak, the cosmetic items namely Mysore Sandal Soap and Powder, Mysore Silk Sarees, Mysore painting and Mysore Peta(A silk turban). The rich tradition and heritage can be seen in every article you see in Mysore.

The city is connected to Tamil Nadu and Kerala through the NH-212. There are plenty of buses plying between Mysore and other cities. Superfast trains like Shatabdi Express halt at Mysore. There is an Intelligent Travel System implemented in by Mysore Government for a hassle free drive in the city.

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The Konkani city and the administrative capital of Udupi District in the state of Karnataka is the Udupi city. Udupi is famous for its age old Krishna Temple and the world famous Udupi cuisine. Dating back to the 13th century, the saint called Jagadguru Madwachariya codified the procedure for New School of Divine in Hinduism and established a Krishna Math(Mutt). From then onwards, the Krishna temple and the various pre-historic temples were brought under the custody and care of the Mutt.

Udupi Sri Krishna temple is a renowned place for pilgrimage and you can see devotees coming to Udupi all through the year to worship Lord Krishna. Also, there are huge number of fans across the world for the unique cuisine of Udupi. It is a custom and ritual in the Sri Krishna Temple to prepare healthy and hygienic dishes with unusual mix of ingredients as an offering for the Lord. The dishes vary with every meal from morning to night. Those dishes are served in premier restaurants named as “Udupi Cuisine” and you can see the same across the country.

It is quite common to see idols going on a procession during festive times in all Hindu temples. Udupi deserves a special mention in this aspect also because of the different varieties of Chariots available in the temple for the God to go on procession. Chariots made of wood, Silver, Gold, Navarathna(Nine precious metals) are used during the festivals.

Apart from the Krishna Temple and the Cuisine, there are lot more places to visit and enjoy in and around Udupi. Few of the prominent tourist destinations are Malpe Beach, Anegudde – the abode of Lord Vinayaga, Someshwara wildlife sanctuary, Jomlu theertha falls and Kaup Beach.

Udupi is equidistant from Mangalore Airport and Mangalore Harbor. The state highways leading to Karkala, Dharmasthala and Sringeri cross Udupi and hence, the place is easily accessible by Road. Udupi is at a distance of 420kms north west of the State Capital Bangalore.

As Udupi is situated in the Kanyakumari – Mumbai Rail Corridor, most of the trains operated from the different parts of India halt at Udupi.

The fascinating beauty and the valuable tradition of Udupi which has a very long history of more than seven centuries welcomes you for a cherished experience of a life time!

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The only cosmopolitan non-metro city in the state of Karnataka, situated at 352 kms west of the state’s capital Bangaluru, named after the Goddess Managaladevi, the city situated at the confluence of Netravati and Gurupura rivers is Mangalore officially called as Mangaluru. The city is believed to exist from 715 CE. The city has been under the rule of several dynasties namely, Kadambas, Alupas, Vijayanagara Empires, Keladi Nayaks and Portuguese. Finally under the British Rule in 1799, the city was annexed with the Madras Province and it remained the same until 1947. Post-independence, the city was attached to Karnataka.

Mangalore is the biggest city and administrative capital of the Dakshina Kannada District. The economy of the city mainly depends on port-related activities and agriculture. Mangalore New Port is the eighth largest port in India handling 75% of the country’s coffee exports. Also, Mangalore is an important educational hub and IT hub.

The culture of Mangalore is a blend of all religions. Major festivals like Diwali, Christmas, Eid and Krishna Jayanthi are celebrated with equal pomp and grandeur. Several forms of arts have been in existence dating back to few centuries. Yaksha gana, Pilivesha are the popular forms of dances performed throughout night during festival times.

The popular tourist attractions in Mangalore not to be missed in the itinerary of South Indian Tour Packages are, Mangaladevi Temple, Kadri Manjunath Temple, Kudroli Goakrnath Temple, Panambur Beach, St.Aloysius Chapal, Butterfly park, Sultan Battery and the Mangalore New Port.

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Fondly called as the Silicon Valley of India and Officially called as Bangaluru, the city is the Capital of the South Indian State Karnataka where the official language is Kannada. The Premier organizations like ISRO, Infosys, IBM, Wipro, DRDO and HALre having this city as their headquarters. This Is the fifth most populous agglomeration in India. IISC, IIM, NIFT, NIMHANS are the prestigious institutions being the dream destination of the aspirational students.

Historians record that the Cholas and the Hoysalas, ruled the present region of Bangalore until in 1537 CE, until the time of emergence of a feudal ruler Kempé Gowdā from the Vijayanagara Empire stood against the King and by way of establishing a mud fort and that is perceived to be the foundation of modern Bangalore. Despite the fact that the place was under the control of different Kings and Nawabs, it witnessed consistent development and under the British Rule, the city got extended to a cantonment region and from then onwards Bangalore is a merger of the Old City and the Cantonment.

Karnataka has hosted and continues to host a wide variety of people with different cultures. Along with the native Kannadigas, Kodavas, Tuluvas, Konkanis and several tribal sects have, across the centuries, lent colour and content to the vibrant culture the state calls its own. Karnataka is also home to the largest Tibetan settlement in South India. In addition to Kannada, knowing Tulu, Hindi, English, Telugu or Tamil will safely get you by. Jainism, Hinduism and Islam are the predominantly practised religions. But in recent times, Sikhism, Christianity and Buddhism have also found their place and people.

The city of Bangalore experiences a very favourable weather throughout the year.Nature has gifted Bangalore city with a very pleasant and moderate climate. In Bangalore, neither would you shiver with cold in winters, nor would you drench with sweat in summers. Bangalore weather is a combination of cool winters and warm summers, without any extremes in both the cases.

Summer: Only during Mid March to June is the season you will feel the heat rays in Bangalore. The maximum temperature during the day rarely exceeds 39 degree C, making the summers quite mild.

Winter: Winter season in Bangalore stretches on from November to February. The minimum temperature in winters hovers somewhere around 10 degree C, with the coldest month being January. Early morning fog can also be experienced during December and January.

Monsoon: The monsoon season in Bangalore is from June to August. The south-western monsoon rains drenches the city in monsoons, taking the humidity to as high as 76 percent.

The best time to visit Bangalore is generally during the winters when the temperature lies between 15 degree to 20 degree and the most preferable months to visit Bangalore would be between October and February.

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The cradle of Rock Temple Architecture, the city where there are around 125 stone temples believed to exist from the 5th century CE is the small village Aihole situated in the Baghalkot District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 500 kms from the state capital Bangaluru. Wherever you walk, you will end up on the façade of a temple in Aihole.

The rock cut shrines and the huge figurines which have never got duplicated stand as a testimony for the past 1500 years portraying the Chalukiyan Architecture who have reigned this area headquartered at another historic city Badami. It is surprising to know that the excavations have revealed magnificent structures dating to pre-chalukian dynasty, that is, building built even before 5th century. The architectural styles deployed and the grandeur in which the structures and the shrines have been built have got the accolades to Aihole that it is renowned as the Cradle of Rock Temple Architecture.

The most successful Chalukian King, Pulikesin II, after conquering the King Harshavardhana, ruled this part of the state. Though he was following Vaishnavism, he respected all the religions and built temples symbolizing his love and care for all sections of his citizens. The construction works commenced by him have continued till the 12th century. But for the commitment and perseverance of our forefathers, we would not have got the treasure of these awesome temple city. Mortarless Assembly, more preference to length rather than height or width, ceilings which are richly carved and flat roofs and the aesthetic sensibility of the sculptures which are uniquely designed are the significant features of all these structures. Though it is called Chalukian Architecture, historians record that the chalukian artisans have incorporated the prevailing styles of North Indian, South Indian and Deccan to make a right blend of all these constructions. Even though most of the buildings are claimed to be an experimental constructions, people visiting this place do not feel so, as every premise is complete in all aspects in turn attracting lakhs of visitors every year.

The places that will kindle your interest to know more about the culture and tradition of the Chalukian Dynasty are, Lad Khan temple(the ancient of all structures), Durga Temple complex, Jain Basadi, Jyothirlinga Group, Galaganatha temples (Around thirty temples situated adjacent to each other) and Hachappaya Matha.

Come to Aihole and the visit will take you on a time machine to the Chalukian dynasty with its everlasting architectural marvels.

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The cradle of Rock Temple Architecture, the city where there are around 125 stone temples believed to exist from the 5th century CE is the small village Aihole situated in the Baghalkot District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 500 kms from the state capital Bangaluru. Wherever you walk, you will end up on the façade of a temple in Aihole.

The rock cut shrines and the huge figurines which have never got duplicated stand as a testimony for the past 1500 years portraying the Chalukiyan Architecture who have reigned this area headquartered at another historic city Badami. It is surprising to know that the excavations have revealed magnificent structures dating to pre-chalukian dynasty, that is, building built even before 5th century. The architectural styles deployed and the grandeur in which the structures and the shrines have been built have got the accolades to Aihole that it is renowned as the Cradle of Rock Temple Architecture.

The most successful Chalukian King, Pulikesin II, after conquering the King Harshavardhana, ruled this part of the state. Though he was following Vaishnavism, he respected all the religions and built temples symbolizing his love and care for all sections of his citizens. The construction works commenced by him have continued till the 12th century. But for the commitment and perseverance of our forefathers, we would not have got the treasure of these awesome temple city. Mortarless Assembly, more preference to length rather than height or width, ceilings which are richly carved and flat roofs and the aesthetic sensibility of the sculptures which are uniquely designed are the significant features of all these structures. Though it is called Chalukian Architecture, historians record that the chalukian artisans have incorporated the prevailing styles of North Indian, South Indian and Deccan to make a right blend of all these constructions. Even though most of the buildings are claimed to be an experimental constructions, people visiting this place do not feel so, as every premise is complete in all aspects in turn attracting lakhs of visitors every year.

The places that will kindle your interest to know more about the culture and tradition of the Chalukian Dynasty are, Lad Khan temple(the ancient of all structures), Durga Temple complex, Jain Basadi, Jyothirlinga Group, Galaganatha temples (Around thirty temples situated adjacent to each other) and Hachappaya Matha.

Come to Aihole and the visit will take you on a time machine to the Chalukian dynasty with its everlasting architectural marvels.

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The cradle of Rock Temple Architecture, the city where there are around 125 stone temples believed to exist from the 5th century CE is the small village Aihole situated in the Baghalkot District of the South Indian state of Karnataka. It is at a distance of 500 kms from the state capital Bangaluru. Wherever you walk, you will end up on the façade of a temple in Aihole.

The rock cut shrines and the huge figurines which have never got duplicated stand as a testimony for the past 1500 years portraying the Chalukiyan Architecture who have reigned this area headquartered at another historic city Badami. It is surprising to know that the excavations have revealed magnificent structures dating to pre-chalukian dynasty, that is, building built even before 5th century. The architectural styles deployed and the grandeur in which the structures and the shrines have been built have got the accolades to Aihole that it is renowned as the Cradle of Rock Temple Architecture.

The most successful Chalukian King, Pulikesin II, after conquering the King Harshavardhana, ruled this part of the state. Though he was following Vaishnavism, he respected all the religions and built temples symbolizing his love and care for all sections of his citizens. The construction works commenced by him have continued till the 12th century. But for the commitment and perseverance of our forefathers, we would not have got the treasure of these awesome temple city. Mortarless Assembly, more preference to length rather than height or width, ceilings which are richly carved and flat roofs and the aesthetic sensibility of the sculptures which are uniquely designed are the significant features of all these structures. Though it is called Chalukian Architecture, historians record that the chalukian artisans have incorporated the prevailing styles of North Indian, South Indian and Deccan to make a right blend of all these constructions. Even though most of the buildings are claimed to be an experimental constructions, people visiting this place do not feel so, as every premise is complete in all aspects in turn attracting lakhs of visitors every year.

The places that will kindle your interest to know more about the culture and tradition of the Chalukian Dynasty are, Lad Khan temple(the ancient of all structures), Durga Temple complex, Jain Basadi, Jyothirlinga Group, Galaganatha temples (Around thirty temples situated adjacent to each other) and Hachappaya Matha.

Come to Aihole and the visit will take you on a time machine to the Chalukian dynasty with its everlasting architectural marvels.