Aihole, about 30 km from Badami, was the capital of the Chalukyan empire between the 4th and 6th centuries. It is loaded with old temples, a hundred or more, some restored, many remaining only as ruins lost among the streets of the town.
|Entering Aihole from Badami||Temple ruins and farm carts|
|Ruins in Aihole||Hilltop fort|
However, not all is left to decay. There is a well-tended park area containing about 10 temples. Here, for instance, is the famous Durga Temple. This temple seems to be unique for its semi-circular apse, much like a European cathedral, but in this case with an open colonnaded verandah which runs all around it.
|Durga Temple entrance||Durga Temple apse|
|Durga Temple - garbhagria||Sculpture of Durga|
|Beautiful Naga sculpture on ceiling of Durga Temple||View of Durga Temple from Ladkhan Temple|
Nearby, there is such a cluster of temples that one wonders why they built so many temples so close together.
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