India | Karnataka | Pattadakal
#6 of 11 Places to Visit in Pattadakal
Distance (From Pattadadal Bus Stand): 0.3 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 15 Mins or Less
Place Location: Inside Pattadakal Temple Complex
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: None
At a distance of 300 meters from Pattadakal Bus Stand, Galaganatha Temple is a historical temple situated ahead of Sangameshwara Temple inside the Pattadakal temple complex. It is one of the must visit places as part of Pattadakal Tour Packages.
Galaganatha Temple is a beautiful temple constructed at the beginning of the 8th century. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple is built in Nagara style with a linga, and a vestibule (antarala) within the temple sanctum. Outside the temple is a seated Nandi that faces the sanctum. The entrance to the mantapa is flanked by the river goddesses Ganga and Yamuna. The architecture of the temple is the resemblance of Sangameswara Temple at Alampur in Telangana State.
The Galagatha temple is mostly in ruins, except for the southern part which contains a carved slab showing an eight-armed Shiva killing the demon Andhaka while wearing a garland of skulls as a yajnopavita (sacred thread across the chest).
Complex Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Complex Entrance: Rs. 10 for Person, Rs. 25 for Camera