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Nearer View of the Virupaksha Temple at Pattadakal 
1855 
  
Albumen print 
28.7 x 38.8 cm (image) 
  
The Royal Collection 
RCIN 2603945 
  
 
LL/93605 
  
Photograph of the Virupaksha Temple at Pattadakal showing one side of the pillared hall of the temple. The Virupaksha is one of the most impressive temples at the site and was built in the Dravida or southern style of architecture. It was dedicated to Siva.
 
Pattadakal, like neighbouring Aihole and Badami, was an important centre of the Chalukya dynasty. It is located on the Malaprabha river in north Karnataka. Pattadakal is believed to be the site where the coronation ceremonies of the early Chalukya kings took place, between the sixth and eighth centuries. 
 

 
  
 
  
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