PATTADAKKAL

PATTADAKKAL (World Heritage Site) displays both Dravidian (Southern) and the Nagar (Northern, Indo-Aryan) styles of temple architecture. Aihole is considered a School of Architecture, Badami a Degree College, and The University of architecture is Pattadakal.

Pattadakkal has a cluster of 10 major temples, each displaying interesting architectural features.(8th century temples).
Photo Courtesy: karnatakatourism.org
Pattadakkal Temples — Nine Shiva and one Jaina temples. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site from 1987.
Pattadakkal Temples — Four temples were built in Dravidian style, four in Nagara style of Northern India and the Papanatha temple in mixed style.
Dravidian style temples have many fine carvings on its walls and gopura.The temples with nagar architecture, like the Galaganatha temple are visibly distinct from the Dravidian architecture in the style of the Gopuras ans absence of intricate carvings along the temple walls.
Carvings on a pillar of Viroopaksha temple
Viroopaksha temple is built in Dravidian style and has many fine carvings on its walls and gopura
Pattadakkal Nandi — four-pillared Nandimantapa with a fine large stone bull.
Kashivishvanatha temple at Pattadakal.Kashi Vishwanatha temple in Nagara style.