We were given to understand that the NH13 is a vital link for North - South movement, especially for Trucks. Between Solapur and Chitradurga, itruns almost like a straight line. The Road is getting four laned. Few stretches were open only on one side.
We missed a place - Kudal Sangama (confluence of rivers), about 60 kilometers from Hungund, where we took left turn to AIHOLE.
Kudalasangama, is a sacred place for, Lingayat community in Karnataka.
Aihole houses several temples that are in different styles. Main temple is however, the Durga Temple or Durgigudi.
The view of Durga temple (it is said our Parliament's structure was inspired by this temple?!)
Closer look of the temple
Inside the temple (no deities)
Pillar carvings (close up)
Next we saw an array of Ganapathi statues in various styles!. Probably they would have tried this God's form in different versions!!!
Next complex adjacent to Durga Temple, houses temples namely, 'Badiger Gudi', 'Gaudara Gudi' and 'Chakra Gudi'. Information panel is given for your reference.
[For those who may not know, 'Gudi' - means 'temple']
A longer look of 'Badiger Gudi'.
Both 'Badiger' (in the front) and 'Chakra' Temples.
In the above door panel, on the lintel Garuda is holding tails of two snakes. The snakes' body has been
carved along the door panel and the heads are placed on the low level of the door panel. This form is
prevalent in most of the temples we saw in Aihole & Pattadakkal.