Organized by the Government of Karnataka, the annual
Pattadakkal dance festival takes its name from the small town located in
Karnataka. Pattadakkal was not just
the second capital of Chalukyan Empire, but was also celebrated as the
ceremonial center since rulers were crowned and commemorated here. It is an important historical site included in most of Karnataka holiday tours.
A Quick Look at the Festival
Situated on the banks of the Malaprabha River, the earliest
temples in Pattadakkal belong to 4th century AD and further temples
were constructed in the subsequent centuries. This world heritage center is
home to ten major temples where both south and north Indian architectural
traditions share one landscape.
Pattadakkal, with such cultural and ethnic importance, is
but a befitting place for the renowned dance festival that take place in its
many temples in the month of January. The festivals and events that are
conducted during this time annually are full of gaiety, grandeur and beauty and is the best time to book South India holidays.
What You’ll Witness
Most temples in Pattadakkal are dedicated to Lord Shiva or
Natraja. The oldest of the Pattadakkal temples is the Sangamesvara Temple
constructed by King Vikramaditya. Most aspects of Hindu mythology are showcased
in dramatic themes in the temple’s architecture. Other prominent temples in
this city include the Virupaksha, Mallikarjuna, Kadasiddheshvara, Galaganatha,
Papanatha, Jambulinga and Kashivishvanatha Temples.
When you visit the city during the dance festival, you will
be transported instantly a magical world that brings to the fore Chalukyan
festivities. Coupled with performances from several popular artists in the
fields of classical dance and carnatic music, the ambience forms a suitable
backdrop to the annual dance festival.
Classical dance aficionados or dance lovers of any kind are
sure to enjoy the diverse art forms on display here. The festival is also known
as the Chalukya Utsava and is also held in the neighborhood temples of Aihole
Getting There and More
The temples and the heritage sites in the city are open on
all weekdays. While you might need to pay a small fee to enter the site, entry
on Fridays is free. Besides the festival, an ideal time to visit the city would
be between October and February. Best way to reach Pattadakal will be to book packages from Bangalore.
If you are traveling by air, the Bangalore and Vasco da Gama
(Goa) airports are the closest. By train, you can reach Badami, the closest
railway station, to reach Pattadakkal. Many buses as well as tourist cabs can
also be taken from Badami, which is located at a distance of 29 km or Aihole,
which lies at a distance of 17 km from the city. If you’re an architecture buff or interested in
dance, check out the Pattadakkal festival – you won’t regret the time spent.