Aihole is called the cradle of temples in Karnataka and rightfully so, and the Durga Temple of Aihole is a beautiful and interesting slice of it. The ancient Dravidian structure can be traced back to the 7th-8th century during the rule of the Chalukyan kings in South India. Like every other monarch, this dynasty too built a good lot of temples and Durga Temple is among the most graceful as well as unique ones. The presence of pillars leading up to the sanctum and the apsidal corridor along the circumference of the core of the shrine give the majestic temple a true artistic divinity.
Aihole is considered to be the ‘cradle’ of temples in the state of Karnataka. The Durga temple located here is one part of this. This ancient structure is of the 7th – 8th century. This was during the Chalukyan rule in South India.
Similar to the other dynasties, this dynasty also built a number of temples. The Durga is one beautiful and interesting part of this.
This temple has pillars that lead up to the sanctum with a corridor in the circumference. This structure can be termed as ‘divine’ and ‘unique’.
The architecture is considered the soul of the temple due to its grandeur. The design of this temple is significant in every carving. Most tourists in Aihole visit this temple due to the authenticity of the construction.
Parts of this mighty temple have been in ruins for a long time, and, at present there is no deity on the sanctorum. At the same time, the vibes are spiritual due to the brilliance of the architecture.