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Temple architecture

Deccan splendour

The Durga temple in Aihole, constructed in the sixth century, is built in the Buddhist chaitya style but it has a corridor running on all three sides.
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Aihole, considered the cradle of temple building.
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At the Durga temple in Aihole.
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Ten-armed Siva at the Ravalphadi Cave, Aihole.
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A Siva temple carved deep within a sandstone outcrop at the Ravalaphadi cave, dated around 550 C.E.
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At the Durga temple, Aihole.
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Durga temple pillar frieze, Aihole.
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A sculpture of Nandi at the Lad Khan temple, Aihole.
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Twin temples, Aihole.
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Gauda Gudi temple in Aihole.
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A seven-headed serpent carved on the ceiling of the Durga temple.
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The fifth cave temple in Badami, which is in a dilapidated condition.
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Jain tirthankaras in Cave 4 in Badami.
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Cave temple 2, Badami, dedicated to Vishnu, was built in the sixth century.
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Jain tirthankara at Cave 4, Badami.
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Ornate pillar brackets in Badami.
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Galaganatha temple in Pattadakal. It belongs to the later phase of Chalukya temple building.
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The Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal is rich in pillar carvings with mythological themes.
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Bhishma on a bed of arrows, at the Virupaksha temple.
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The Mallikarjuna temple at Pattadakal. It belongs to the final phase of Chalukya temple architecture.
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The Sangameshwara temple at Pattadakal.
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The Virupaksha temple, Pattadakal.
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