Sequestered between Badami, the land of caves and Aihole the cradle of temple architecture Pattadakal is a group of temples which is celebrated as a world heritage site, thanks to the exquisite temples that adorn the site of Pattadakal. Located on the banks of Malaprabha river Pattadakal is about 15 kms from Badami and 20 kms from Aihole.
Situated to the south of Malaprabha River Pattadakal 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. Of the eight Hindu temples and the Jain sanctuary in Pattadakal one masterpiece stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built by Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband King Vikramaditya II's victory over the Pallava.
Bhutanatha Group of Temples
Bhutanatha group of temples is located in Badami, near the Pattadakal cave temples. Bhutanatha group of temples include Bhutanatha Temple and Mallikarjuna Temple. These temples in Badami are located on the east and the north-east sde of Agasthya Tirtha. All the temples in the Bhutanatha group of temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. Museum of the Plains and Sculpture gallery maintained by ASI is located on the Bhutanatha temple road.
Pattadakal - world Heritage Site
An impressive series of nine Hindu temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary Pattadakal displays both Dravidian and Nagara styles of temple architecture. UNESCO in 1987 included Pattadakal in its list of World Heritage sites
Archaeological Site Museum - Aihole
Museum of the Plains and Sculpture gallery is maintained by the Archeological Survey of India on the Bhutanatha temple road. The museum mainly comprises of stone sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faith and fragmentary artefacts. Period wise the sculptures in the Aihole archaeological site museum range in date from 6th century AD to 15th century AD