Sangameshwara temple, Pattadakal, Karnataka

Sangameshwara temple, Pattadakal

Also known as Vijayewara, Sangameshwara Temple is the oldest temple in the city of Pattadakal. Built under the supervision of Chalukya king, Vijayaditya Satyashraya, this temple was designed in Dravidian architectural style. Inner passage, a hall and a sanctum that are a significant feature of Dravidian architectural style can be seen in this temple. The Sanctum is surrounded by circumambulatory path from three sides. The outer walls are decorated with the sculptures of Nataraja and Ugrnrasimha.

Symmetrical walls are built on a high base that consists of five moldings. A striking similarity is found between the hall and roof of this temple and the Virupaksha temple. Tourists who want to witness the heritage of Chalukya style of architecture can visit this temple, as it is a perfect example of their traditional architectural style. Skillfully crafted sculptures increase the beauty of this place, making it a not to miss destination on the traveler’s list.

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