to the temple complex, Aihole is known for its incredible architectural
monuments, whereby the structures are exquisitely carved out of rocks.
Representing the era of the Chaulakyas, the architectural structure represents
not just the Chalukyan style but also Dravidian as well. The ancient Durga
temple belongs to the Dravidian style of architecture and is famously known for
its exquisite and spiritual corridors that balance the temple from all sides.
Dating back to the 6th century BC, the temple is carved out of a single
rock and has many intricate carvings on its walls as well.
you speak of the Durga temple, the first thing that comes to your mind is the
extraordinary architectural piece of beauty that the temple represents. Most of
the tourists get overwhelmed by the brilliant style of the temple, with
colorful blocks of carvings of not just structures and other mythological
sculptures, but also paintings, which directly symbolize the Holy Scriptures.
Dedicated to Goddess Durga, who represents the cult of Shakti, the temple now
has no deity in command, and thus stands completely desolate.
A short view of the Durga temple
to most of the historians and the locals living at Aihole, the Durga temple was
considered to be the most famous temple here, completely dedicated to Goddess
Durga. Built by Chalukya and embellishing it with complete Dravidian
architecture, the richness of the temple lies in its constructive efforts, whereby
the corridors are effortlessly carved out of rocks, but all of them stand in
ruins now. Each of the corridors looks forward to the various directions and
holds a unique blend of history and mystery.
temple structure was first designed like a Buddhist temple, but it was under
the influence of the Mauryas and the Chaulakyas that great architectural
confluence was integrated into the temple, thereby making it exquisite. The
structure of the temple was earlier seen as a Pan-Indian heritage that was dedicated
How did the Durga Temple receive its
the legends go, Goddess Durga was sent to the earth to destroy all the demons.
Mounted on a lion and pointing her weapon towards the evil Mahishasur, the
image of Durga completely symbolizes the victory of good over the evil. In
addition to that, the temple also showcases the image of the deities of Lord
Shiva and Lord Vishnu, thereby corresponding to the fact that the temple might
have been earlier dedicated to them.
the controversy of the origin of the Durga temple is unknown, it is under the
influence of the leaders of the Maratha Empire that the name Durga temple was
given. Since Durga is derived from the word Durg, which refers to the fortress,
therefore, the temple is more or less like a fortress dedicated to the deity.
Pondering over the architectural
magnificence of the Durga temple
Built under the influence of the Chalukyan and
the Dravidian architecture, the temple is famous for its lavish corridors that
speak of the ancient scriptures and the Hindu texts. The dome-like the
structure of the wall has famous paintings of the gods and goddesses, and you
can simply admire the architectural beauty that the temple showcases. The
devotees pay their respect to this temple that once had the idol of Goddess
temple is connected with two spiral stairways, thereby leading to a flat porch,
which is more or less like a base. The platform is then attached to two pillars
on either side, thereby balancing the roof. It is really splendid to think of
the architectural mind that the makers possessed. On entering the temple and
crossing the staircases, a hallway leads to the inner temple premises, which
houses certain small temples dedicated to other deities. These temples are
magnificent, too and speak of great beauty and style.
crossing the hallway, the main sanctorum is present, which houses the main
deity. But at present, no deity is present there, and the Garba Griha lies
totally empty and desolate. Since the pillar balances the roof, an arch-like
structure is created. Even the corridors make use of the pillars in getting it
lighted and the shikhara also make the temple more unique and extravagant.
arch-like structure completely rests on the temple edges, making the temple
look like an elephant’s back. Keeping up to the structure, the temple also goes
by the name of vanaprastha or simply the Elephant’s back. The entire temple has
the display of numerous gods and goddesses on its walls, and therefore, it also
showcases the image of Lord Shiva as well. The corridor of the temple is the
most important as Lord Shiva, and its Bull Nandi occupies the place. Even Lord
Vishnu and all of its avatars are present one by one in complete alignment in
Reaching the Durga temple
is connected not just from Bengaluru but also from other cities like Badami and
Belgaum. Additionally, transport facilities are also at their best, as cars and
buses make way for the city in thru all routes. When travelling by air, the
nearest airport is Hubli, which is around 100 km to 110 km. Shuttle services,
buses, and private cars are available from the airport to take you to the