Aihole

Aihole has been described as a cradle of temple architecture.  This trip is in search of the origin of the art of temple architecture and their beauty.  I came to know about Aihole while visiting Hampi.


Aihoḷe Temple

Aihole is a village located in Bagalkot District of Karnataka.  I planned to visit Aihole as a continuation of the trip to Hampi.  I travelled from Hospet through Tungabhadra Dam Road and Solapur-Mangalapuram Highway, taking a turn from Gunagunde Junction and via Amipagad to Aihole.  Aihole is considered as the birthplace of the art of architectural works.  Aihole was the capital of Chalukya kings.


Aihoḷe Temple

It is during the reign of Pulikeshin 1 that temples were built in Aihole.  In Aihole, the first phase of temple building dates back to around sixth century.  There are around 125 temples in this region.  Aihole is a place that one should definitely visit.  The ceiling is made of large stones shaped into planks.  The walls, the beams supporting the rafters, etc. are built of just stones.  The lively stone sculptures and carvings will definitely leave one awestruck.