Places to Visit in Bijapur
Places to Visit in Bijapur: Aihole - Famous as the `Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture', Aihole has over 125 temples all intricately carved and rich in detail. The oldest temple here, is perhaps the 5th century Lad Khan Temple. The Durga (Fort) Temple has a semicircular apse and a complete portico. The Hutchmalli Temple, the Ravalphadi Cave Temple, the Konti Temple Complex, the Uma Maheshwari Temple, the Jain Meguthi Temple and the two-storeyed Buddhist Temple are the other attractions at Aihole. Pattadakal - A World Heritage Center, it has 10 major temples representing early Chalukyan architecture. The biggest temple dedicated to Virupaksheshvara, has a huge gateway and several inscriptions. In front of the temple is a majestic 2.G m high Nandi. The Mallikarjuna and Papanatha Temples, and the Jain Temple from the Rashtrakuta period are well worth a visit. Badami - The capital of the early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock-cut cave temples, the largest being the third cave dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the temples is a reservoir, its banks dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples and the Museum set up by the Archeological Survey of India, are the other attractions. Basavana Bagewadi - This town is the birthplace of Saint Basaveshwara. There are several important temples here. Kudalasangama - is a famous pilgrim center, associated with the great 12th century poet and reformer Saint Basaveshwara.