Sangameshvara Temple, Pattadakal

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Sangameshvara Temple, which was earlier called Vijayeshwara Temple, is a religious site in Pattadakal. It was built by the Chalukya King Vijayaditya Satyashraya circa 733 AD. This temple is regarded as one of the oldest temples in India and the oldest temple of this region, thus making it a 'must see' site for all tourists. The structure represents Dravidian architectural style and possesses an inner passage, a hall and a sanctum. Outer wall of this temple is adorned with sculptures of Ugranarasimha and Nataraja.

The design of temple roof and hall are similar to that of Virupaksha Temple, which itself has been inspired from Kailasanathar Temple of Kanchi. Both of these temples have been constructed in square shape, from the base to the shikhara. Niches (devekoshthas) of the Sangameshvara Temple have beautiful carvings of Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The parapet incorporates architectural elements such as salas (oblong) and karnakutas (square) that match the relieved bays located below.

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