Friday, June 21, 2024
Pattadakal Dance Festival

Place: Pattadackal, Karnataka
Venue: Pattadackal temples
Time : January

The village of Pattadackal, 20 kms from Badami in Karnataka, is situated on the left bank of the Malaprabha river. A World Heritage Centre and the second capital of the ChalukNandi Mandapa at the Virupaksha temple, Pattadackalyan kings, Pattadakal has 10 major temples representing both North and South Indian architectural traditions. 

Most of the temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva. The largest of among them are Virupaksha and Mallikarjuna. All these temples are architecturally splendid and have beautiful carvings particularly the Papanatha temple with interesting sculptures on the ceilings and pillars. Besides these, there is a group of temples remarkable for representing two chief styles of Indian architecture, the Dravidian architecture of Pallavas and North Indian Nagara style side by side. The detailed descriptions in the sculptures of the temples give an insight into the social life of those days.

The Pattadakal Dance Festival is held every year to celebrate the temples of Pattadackal. It is organised by the Government of Karnataka. The 'Nrithyotsava' draws many famous dancers and is accompanied by a craft mela.

Contact Address

Department of Tourism, Government of Karnataka
#49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan, Race Course Road, 
Bangalore 560 001
Phone :  080-2235 2828, Fax: 080-2235 2626
Email: Contact

How to get there

Air : The nearest airport is at Hubli, 102 km away. Bangalore is at a distance of 493 km from Pattadakkal.
Rail :  The nearest railway station is Badami, 24 kms away.
Road : Pattadakal is connected by road to Aihole(24 kms),  Badami (29 kms)
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