The BHAP - My Dream Circuit! (Badami, Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakkal)


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- DECCAN TERRAIN

Deccan is a plateau. We could see vast terrain of barren lands, with less andulations. The slope from Northwest to Southeast is visible, of course.

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- NH13 ON THE MAKING

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.

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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.


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- Road to Aihole from Hungund

The Road to Aihole from Hungund was amazingly superb. Clean & Pristine. It is state highway 20 connecting Bagalkote and Raichur, via Hungund. After Amingad we need to take left to reach Aihole.

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Next we enter into AIHOLE.....


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- INFO ON AIHOLE

Archaeological Survey of India is maintaining these monuments. Info Board as displayed in the Aihole is given below for your reference.

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Hey Man,

First Thanks to you, to show us the informative travelouge...

from your pics I got an Idea about Ancient India ..

Woderful Explanation & Pics

I added Hampi in my list to visit in Future..
 
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Welcome Mr. Venakatesh,

So, you escaped from chennai heat last year[surprise]...
What about this year, where you planned to go?


Great Travelouge..

Continue with more Pics[:)]
Hey Man,

First Thanks to you, to show us the informative travelouge...

from your pics I got an Idea about Ancient India ..

Woderful Explanation & Pics

I added Hampi in my list to visit in Future..

Dear Appu,

Thanks. I just noticed that i left a query from your previous comment unanswered !

Chennai heat is equivalent to Hampi's heat!

This year there are several options available. Yet to finalize [:)]
 
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- AIHOLE [Cont'd . . .]

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?!)
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Closer look of the temple
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Inside the temple (no deities[surprise])
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Pillar carvings
4DG Pillars.JPG

Pillar carvings (close up)
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- AIHOLE - DURGA TEMPLE [Cont'd . . .]

The temple contained images that are still 'alive' even after several hundred years (1600 year approx). Thanks to conservators!
Walk way with Narasimha
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Varaha
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Durga
5DG Outer 2.JPG


Vishnu
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Panel on the wall
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- AIHOLE - DURGA TEMPLE [Cont'd . . .]

There were 'Non-God' images too. Images of 'Eternal Lovers' for you. Unfortunately these images were either mutilated or eroded


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- AIHOLE [Cont'd . . .]

Architectural vividness of the Mandapa in Sanctum Sanctorum in Durga Temple is awe-inspiring with its innate and intricate carvings
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A closer look of the 'Entry panel'
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- AIHOLE [Cont'd . . .]

Please see the picture below. It was engraved on the ceiling of the above mandapa.
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ADISESHA - in a different posture!

I have seen similar panels in Hampi too. But in Hampi, it was made of several slabs attached together.

Here in Hampi, it seemed to be made out of one stone.



I would rate this piece as 'the Best' throughout the tour. Could feel and make out the smile that was lasting for centuries together!.
 
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- AIHOLE [Cont'd . . .]

Next we saw an array of Ganapathi statues in various styles!. Probably they would have tried this God's form in different versions!!!

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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']


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A longer look of 'Badiger Gudi'.


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Both 'Badiger' (in the front) and 'Chakra' Temples.

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- AIHOLE [Cont'd . . .]

------GARUDA HOLDING SNAKES------

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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.



A longer view

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