Mallikarjuna Temple

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Mallikarjuna Temple

The Mallikarjuna temple lies within the cluster of the Bhootnath temple by the Agastya Lake in Badami.

This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has small shrines around it. This temple was constructed in a plan that is shaped like a star in the 11th century. The temple was influenced by the Chalukyan architecture. Most of the historical buildings in this town are influenced by this architecture.

These temples have tiered pyramids forming a great part of their structures. This is the Phamsana style. It is assumed that these were constructed during the Kalyani Chlukyas and Rashtrakutas era. The walls on the outer side are smooth rock surfaces that are uncarved. The inner sanctum tower is built in the style of Rashtrakuta. There is a pillared hall or mandapa in the main shrine. This is followed by a middle mandapa and an inner sanctum. The pillars and the inner walls are smooth with angled eaves on the roofs of the walls. There is a superstructure that is shaped like a pyramid on top of the shrines. These are made of horizontal tiers. You can enjoy the clear blue lake outside the cluster of the temples.