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Ravana Phadi, Aihole

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It is suggested that travellers heading towards Aihole should visit Ravana Phadi, one of the oldest cave temples of the Aihole complex. This rectangular temple, which is devoted to Lord Shiva, has a history that dates back to the 6th century. The temple consists of two mantapas and a Shivalinga at the sanctum sanctorum or the inner room. Lined by carved pillars, this sanctum of this Shaivite cave temple has a hall with three entrances.

There is a broken column that falls smoothly in line with the entrance, which opens towards the south-west. Free-standing temples are located on both sides of the sudden depressions that are created on a deep ledge of the cave. On the walls and at the sides of the shrine, tourists can see different figures like a dancing Shiva. This temple primarily depicts the deity in ornately crafted Nataraja dancing figures that are present amidst the Saptamatrikas.

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