Pattadakal is in Karnataka state, it lies on the banks of Malaprabha River in Bagalkot district.in 1987 UNESCO included Pattadakal in its list of World Heritage sites. Badami is 22 kms away and Aihole, about 10 km . It is well known for its Chalukya monuments.
Major Attractions :
This is a small temple with a fine figure of the Dancing Shiva with Nandi & Parvathi by his side. Built with a northern style tower, there is a horse-shoe arched projection on its facade.
The Mallikarjuna & the Virupaksha temples were built by two queens of Vikaramaditya II to commemorate the victory of the Chalukyas over the Pallavas. As the Virupaksha temple was built by Queen Lokamahadevi, it was originally called Lokeshwara. The temple is rich in sculpture like those of Lingodbhava, Nataraja, Ravananugraha & Ugranarasimha. Built in the southern Dravida style, it is the largest temple in the enclosure.