|UNESCO #239 - Temples of Pattadakal, Karnataka - INDIA|
Tuesday, July 08, 2014
Pattadakal - INDIA - UNESCO #239
From India I receive another wonderful postcard with Hindu temples, this time the Pattadakal Temples on the State of Karnataka, Bijapur District. According to the sender, that visited the site recently, there are 9 temples dedicated to Lard Shiva on the banks of Malaprabha river, including the one we see on the photo (unfortunately the card doesn't have the name... ). Thank you very much Nagi for one more awesome UNESCO WHS card (418 sites received, 589 missing). This postcard took 6 days to arrive!
Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings from the South.