Aihole Durga devi temple :

God and Godess :

  • Durga devi
  • varaha swamy

Location :

Aihole Durga devi temple
Aihole Village, Hungund Taluk
Bagalkot district-587124
Karnataka

Timings :

24 hours

Temple History :

Durga temple is a medieval era Hindu temple located in Aihole in the state of Karnataka, India. The temple was built between 7th and 8th century by the Chalukyan dynasty. The architecture of the temple is in Dravida with Nagara style also used in other temples of this age. Even though there is a Durga sculpture in the temple, the name Durga is not given because the temple was devoted for goddess Durga but because the name Durga means protector or a fortress.The temple is dedicated to either Lord Vishnu or Lord Shiva because the representations of Vishnu are as many as Shiva. The most original feature of the temple is a Peristyle delimiting an ambulatory around the temple and the walls are carved with the sculptures of various goddesses.

There are two different staircases which provide access into the temple at the entrance itself. The parapet is carved with small animals, the room gives access to Mukha mandapa and sabha mandapa to reach the sanctum sanctorum. The shape of the temple is known as Gajaprasta which means the resemblance of the back of an elephant.Aihole was earlier known as Ayyavole and Aryapura in its inscriptions. It has historical significance and is called the ‘cradle of Hindu architecture’.Other important temples in Aihole are Chikki temple, Rachi temple, Hucchappayya math complex, Ramalingeshwara temple complex etc.

Festivals :

The Durga Temple is one of the tourist hotspots of Aihole due to its rich history and architectural features. Festivals are not celebrated here.

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

No Poojas

Nearest Temples Around Aihole Durga devi temple :

  • Badami – Badami caves – 34 km
  • Pattadakal – Mallikarjuna & Kasi Viswanatha temple – 13 km
  • Kudalasangama – Sangamanatha temple – 34 km
  • Aihole – Surya Narayana temple – 0.27 km
  • Bagalkot – Ladkhan temple – 39 km
  • Cholachagudda – Banashankari amma temple – 29 km
  • Toravi – Narasimha swamy temple – 122 km
  • Bijapur – Siddeswara swamy temple – 113 km
  • Bagewadi – Basaveshwara swamy temple – 166 km
  • Kanbargi – Siddeswara swamy temple – 172 km
  • Hooli – Panchalingeshwara swamy temple – 103 km
  • Yadur – Veera Bhadra swamy temple – 180 km
  • Gadag – Trikuteswara swamy temple – 88 km
  • Gadag – Veerabhadra swamy temple – 88 km
  • Lakkundi – Kasi Visweshwara swamy temple – 89 km
  • Dambal – Doddabasappa swamy temple – 103 km
  • Sudi – Twin Towered temple – 43 km
  • Gajendragad – Kalkeswara swamy temple – 40 km
  • Kanakagiri – Kanaka Chalapathi swamy temple – 105 km
  • Itagi – Mahadeva swamy temple – 85 km
  • Kakanur – Kalleswara & Mallikarjuna swamy temple – 105 km
  • Gabbur – Basaveshwara & Hanuman temple – 135 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Guledgudd – 21 km
  • Yarigonal – 19 km
  • Bagalkot – 33 km
  • Hanamasagar – 35 km
  • ilkal – 33 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Badami – 30 km
  • Guledagudda – 31 km
  • Yerra Goppa Halt – 37 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Belgaum 164 km
  • Hubli 136 km
  • Mangaluru 491 km

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