Huchchimalli Temple, Aihole - Timings, History, Best Time to Visit

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Distance (From Aihole Bus Stand): 0.6 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 15 Mins or Less

Place Location: Near Ravanaphadi Cave Temple

Transportation Options: Walk/Trek

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of about 600 meters from Aihole Bus Stand & Durga Temple, Huchchimalli Temple is a well preserved temple close to Ravanapahadi (200 meters).

Believed to have been built around 6th to 8th century, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is built on an elevated platform with a small mukhamandapa, a sabhamandapa and a gabha-griha. The doorframe has images of Garuda, Ganga, Yamuna, Elephant and amorous couple. The temple also has nice carvings of Brahma, Shiva, Vishnu and Gandharvas. The sabhamandapa has images of Indra, Yama and Kubera. The sabhamandapa and garbhagriha are separated by lattice window designs. The ceiling has an image of Karthikeya riding peacock.

The rekhanagara temple tower has images of Brahma and Surya and both sides. The temple also has a nice stepped temple tank. The walls of the tank have some beautiful images of Mahishasura Mardhini, Brahma, Vishnu, and scenes from the stories of Panchatantra.

There is a small temple in the same complex dedicated to Lord Shiva. This phamsana structure in stepped pyramid style is a latter addition.

This temple is open till 6 PM.