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Pattadakkal Dance Festival

About:

Pattadakkal is famous as the second capital of the Chalukyas. It was solely used for the purpose of coronation of the Chalukyan kings. Situated on the banks of the Malprabha River it appears as a scenic sight. Pattadakkal has been declared as a Unesco World Heritage Site for it comprises some of the best of Chalukyan arts and architectures. The town has about a dozen temples representing the finest examples of the Chalukyan architecture.The famous Tourists spots here include Virupaksha Temple, Mallikarjuna Temple, Galganatha Temple, Papanatha Temple, Jambulinga Temple and the Jain Temple among many others.


The village of Pattadakkal lies 20 kilometers from Badami in the bank of Malaprabha River. It has been declared as a world Heritage site. The village consists of 10 ancient temples. The architectural type of the temple reflects both North Indian and South Indian Chalukya style. Most of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.Pattadakkal Dance Festival is organized by the Government of Karnataka. It boosts up tourism in Karnataka to a considerable rate. The dances are inspired by the different inscription and images carved on the temple walls. This dance festival attracts many famed classical dancers from all over India and is also accompanied by a craft mela.

The Virupaksha temple, built in south Indian style is the most beautiful of all temples in Pattadakkal. It has a large gateway depicted with numerous inscriptions, describing the victory and conquest of Kanchi by Vikramaditya II, the great Chalukyan king. The other attraction here is the famous Jain Temple, built in Dravidian style and situated in the close vicinity of Virupaksha Temple (500 mts.). The Rashtrakutas who defeated and succeeded the Chalukyas in the 8th century built this architecture, which possesses some very beautiful sculptures inside.

Location info:

Address:Pattadakkal, Badamil,Karnataka.,India
District: Badami
Celebrate Time:Pattadakkal Dance Festival is celebrated every year in the month of January.

Climate/Weather:

During winter temperatures range from 32 degrees Celsius to below 20 degrees Celsius,Summer Average temperature is 34 degrees Celsius

History:

Pattadakal was the second capital of the Chalukyan Empire after Badami. More than that, it was also the ceremonial center where kings were crowned and commemorated. It was never a part of any town or village though it was on the banks of the Malaprabha River. It seems while most of the building activity took place at Badami, the political capital, Pattadakal was the dynastic cult center of the Badami Chalukyas. The earliest temples of Pattadakal are from the 4th century AD and the addition of new temples continued there for around four more centuries. The latest architecture is a Jain temple of the Rashtrakuta period (9th century).

Importance:

Pattadakkal, a World Heritage Center and the second capital of the Chalukyan kings, is dotted with 10 major temples representing both north and south Indian architectural traditions. Pattadakkal Dance Festival is a major festival celebrated in the temples of Pattadakkal, situated about 29 km from Badami, in Karnataka.

Method of Celebration:

Dance:
Pattadakkal Dance Festival is celebrated every year in Pattadakkal and the venues are inevitably the temples of Pattadakkal. The village of Pattadakkal lies 20 kilometers from Badami in the bank of Malaprabha River. It has been declared as a world Heritage site. The village consists of 10 ancient temples. The architectural type of the temple reflects both North Indian and South Indian Chalukya style. Most of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.Fairs and Festivals forms an integral part of the living heritage of Karnataka .Festivals here is marked by enthusiasm, gaiety, color, adherence to traditions and culture. The diversity of the state is well manifested in these fairs and festivals of Karnataka.

Culture of Festivities:

Karnataka, adorned with several ancient temples and rich cultural heritage celebrate various colourful fairs and festivals. Every town, city and village in the state has their own calendarwith fascinating fairs and festivals. For the people of Karnataka, these variety of festivals are a celebration of life. Apart from the religious festivals, the state also conduct magnificent dance festivals and other fairs. The most important festivals and fairs of the state are Dussera, Ugadi, Kar Hunnive, Sri Vithappa Fair, Shri Yellamma Devi Fair etc.


True to its rich cultural heritage, Karnataka celebrates a multitude of fairs that are marked by sacred rituals and joyous festivities. Most of these fairs center on the presiding deities of temples worshipped by local communities. During these fascinating events, pious devotees and enthusiastic tourists throng the fair sites.Karnataka, adorned with several ancient temples and rich cultural heritage celebrate various colourful fairs and festivals. Every town, city and village in the state has their own calendarwith fascinating fairs and festivals. For the people of Karnataka, these variety of festivals are a celebration of life. Apart from the religious festivals, the state also conduct magnificent dance festivals and other fairs. The most important festivals and fairs of the state are Dussera, Ugadi, Kar Hunnive, Sri Vithappa Fair, Shri Yellamma Devi Fair etc

How to reach?

Nearest Railway Station:Badami about 30 km railway station
Nearest Airport:Belgaum about 160 km. Other important airport near Aihole is Bangalore about 480 km
Road Transport:Pattadakkal is well connected by road to Badami about 30 km.

Hotels/Lodge/Accommodation:

Banashri Hotel and Shubhashri Bar:Badami,Bagalkot,Karnataka,India


Badami Court Hotel:Station Road Badami,Karnataka,India

Hotel Pleasant Stay:Solapur Road,Bijapur,Karnataka,IndiaPh:08352 326465

Help Line/Phone Number:

Police Station:100
Nearest Hospital:
Society/Community Phone Number:
Link:www.pattadakal.com

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