Durga Temple, Aihole – Shrine that glorifies Indian style of architecture

Durga Temple, Aihole – Shrine that glorifies Indian style of architecture

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Durga Temple is as beautiful Hindu shrine that is located in Aihole, Karnataka state, India. This temple is held in high regard by the Hindu community all over the world. Not only religious this temple holds great architectural and historical values as well.

Durga Temple, Aihole is renowned world over for its great architectural style. Every year lakhs of devotees visit this holy shrine to seek the blessings of almighty. 

The holy shine of Durga at Aihole might soon get the tag of UNESCO World Heritage Site, as of now it is in pending list of World Heritage Sites with UNESCO.

The Durga Temple of Aihole is built in Dravidian and Nagara style of architecture. This temple was built by Chalukyas between late 7th and early 8th century.  One can see beautiful sculpture of goddess in the temple complex. From the name of the temple one might assume this to be dedicated to Goddess Durga but interestingly it is not so. 

Despite the fact that the temple is called Durga Temple the shrine is not dedicated to Goddess Durga, instead it is dedicated to lord Vishnu and Shiva. It was never named or built as a shrine dedicated to goddess Durga instead it was a called Durgh meaning fortress which was perhaps built by the Marathas.

Architecture of Durga Temple, Aihole:

Durga Temple, Aihole undoubtedly has very impressive appearance. It incorporates some of the most stunning features of Indian architectural styles and techniques. You can witness brilliance of these in every bit and piece of the temple. The walls of the temple are elaborately adorned with sculpture, images of various Gods and Goddesses. 

Durga Temple of Aihole has an oblong structure. There is also a circumambulatory path around which devotees perform Parikarma.  As per Indian architectural style the shape of this temple is called Gajaprasta meaning similar to back of an elephant.

There is statue of Nandi the bull in the complex which as per some people even moos sometimes. The temple is situated on porch which is accessible through two staircases. The porch is surrounded by beautifully adorned pillars. The ramparts of the temple are carved with small animals and niches.     

The rooms of the temple namely Sabhamandapa and Mukhmandapa are accessible through porch which ultimately leads to sanctum or Garbha Griha.

The sanctum or the Garbha Girha of the temple is topped with tower that announces higher towers Vimanas and Shikharas.

On the ceiling of the temple is exquisitely carved seven headed serpent. The temple houses brilliantly carved statues of Lord Shiva, Lord Narashima and Goddess Chamundi. 

The temple also incorporates Buddhist Chaitya, this part of the complex is adorned with excellent carvings.

Durga Temple, Aihole shrine truly has unbelievable amount of divine energy. Devotees believe that praying at this shrine is the ultimate solution for all their problems.

Wanderers had a great time exploring this incredible shrine. This for them was soulful experience. Our team was truly left awestruck by its beauty, divity, aura and grandeur. We highly recommend visiting this majestic spot that home to spiritual, natural, architectural, historical treasures.

Happy exploring.   

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