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Aihole- The splendour of rock architecture
Aiohle, located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, leaves the visitors spellbound with its unsurpassed rock architecture. The elaborate work done here can captivate not only the archaeological buffs but the sanctimonious as well. The first capital of Chalukya dynasty, it is an important travel destination of South India. With around more than 100 temples of Chalukyas period, it is surely a testimony of the definitive Chalukayan architectural approach. It is the rock cut cave and the unique architecture of temples in Aiohle, which make this city so popular.
The temples are surely the main attraction, as more than 100 temples, further divided in 22 groups, are located here. These temples are of great interest for people, who have a special appreciation for the history and architecture of yesteryears. Aihole was the trialling land for artisans during Chalukyan period, with the architectural technique further augmented in Badami and arrived at acme in Pattadakkal. The exceptional features of these temples were flat or somewhat slanting roofs, accent on length and stunning figurines on ceilings.
Some of the important groups of temples that are worth a visit are Kontigudi group and the Galaganatha group of temples. The Kontigudi group of temples includes three temples which are Lad Khan temple, Huchiappayyagudi temple and the Huchiappayya math, while the Galaganatha group has almost 30 temples, which are speckled on the bank of the river Malaprabha. The most appealing statues and carvings can be seen in the Lad Khan temple, Durga temple, Hucchhappayya, and Huchimalli temples. The rock cut cave temples in Aihole are another popular draw.
Famous for its geological position and fortitude of architectural experimentation, Aihole swanks the great art of yesteryears proudly.