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The Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka

The Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka
Photo Credit To Panduranga Sharma

Is sheer poetry carved on stone and the walls, pillars, panels and columns are adorned with beautiful carvings from the epics and Puranas.

It was considered as one of the architectural marvels of the period, as even the architect was apparently given the title of “Tribhuvanacharya” or the master of three worlds.

You need more than a day to look at every carving inside the Virupaksha temple.

This 1300 years old beautiful “Ramayana Sthambha” is in the open hall of Virupaksha temple.

This intricately carved Ramayana episode is from “Aranya Khanda”.

The panel on top has a Circular “Mudra” which contains Shiva, Parvathi, Nandi and Shivaganas. Shiva is holding Vasuki


The next 4 rows below it depicts scene from the Aranya khanda in Ramayana.

Shurpanakha with her powerful demon brother Khara confronting Rama and Lakshmana. Lakshmana mutilating the nose of Shurpanakha.

Khara and Dushana fighting the Rama Lakshmana after the Surpanakha incident. Dushana was killed by Rama.

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Demon Maricha in disguise of “Golden Deer” and Ravana approaching the hut disguised as Rishi.

Jatayu confronting with Ravana while he was kidnapping Sitha in his Vimana.

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