Durga Temple Aihole

Devi (Amman) Temple

 

Overview

Aihole is a historical town situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Earlier, this historical town was also called as "Ayyavole" and "Aryapura". Aihole was once capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty (6th to 8th centuries).
 
Aihole is rewarded as "the cradle of Hindu rock architecture". There are about 125 temples divided into 22 groups spread all over the villages and nearby fields. Most of these temples at Aihole were built between the 6th and 8th centuries.
 
Durga Temple
 
The most remarkable one is the Durga Temple, which is said to be built in late 7th or early 8th century. The Durga temple derives its name from "Durgadagudi" meaning 'temple of the fort'. The features of this temple are semicircular apse, elevated plinth, and the gallery encircling the sanctum.
 
The Durga temple, a former Hindu temple, is located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. The temple was built between the 7th and the 8th century by the dynasty of the Chalukyas. The architecture of the temple is predominantly Dravida with Nagara style also is used in certain areas. The Durga Temple is considered a unique and magnificent temple of the Chalukyan period.
 
The origin of the name is not the Durga goddess, but a fortress, maybe an enclosure which surrounded the temple or it was a part of fortification, probably of Maratha rulers.
 
It is dedicated to either Vishnu or Shiva as the representations of Vishnu are as numerous as those of Shiva. The most original feature of the temple is a peristyle delimiting an ambulatory around the temple itself and whose walls are covered with sculptures of different gods or goddesses.
 
Two staircases provide access to the porch at the entrance of the temple itself. The sober and square pillars are decorated with characters around the porch and the entrance to the peristyle. The parapet is carved with niches and small animals. The porch gives access to rooms with pillars ('mukhamantapa' and "sabhamantapa") to get into the heart of the shrine (garba griha).

 

Location

Country
India
State
Karnataka
City
Bagalkot
Location
Aihole
Address
Durga Temple, Aihole, Karnataka - 587124.
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  • Aihole is a historical town situated on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district of Karnataka. Earlier, this historical town was also called as "Ayyavole" and "Aryapura". Aihole was once capital of the early Chalukyan dynasty (6th to 8th centuries).

  • Badami Cave Temple, located on top of a hill that stands at a distance of about 2 km from the main town of Badami in the  Bagalkot district of North Karnataka, Badami was the capital of the Chalukya Dynasty that ruled over the most parts of peninsular India. It is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Its all four cave temples all hewn out of sandstone on the precipice of a hill.

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