Parvati & Kartikeya Temples

Parvati & Kartikeya Temples

BRIEF HISTORY:The Parvati Temple was built in early Chalukyan style between A.D. 650 and A.D. 750, in pale brown sandstone. The temple, facing east, consists of a garbhagriha, an ardhamantapa and a mukhamantapa having niches. Tall pillars carry the simple ceiling. The temple consists of a chatustala superstructure which was later renovated to appear as a stepped sikhara. The large sized mahanasika has a frontal projection equal to the width of the garbhagriha. A large door-frame of multiple sakhas with dvarapalas is interesting. On either side of the main entrance appear dikpalas in separate niches while the main offsets of the outer wall show carvings of divinities like Siva, Karttikeya, Vishnu etc.

To the north of the Parvati shrine is the late Chalukyan temple datable to the late eleventh century A.D. dedicated to Karttikeya. Axially, it comprises a garbhagriha, an anatarala, a navaranga and two-pillared porches. The superstructure over the garbhagriha is replaced by a dwarf eighteenth century sikhara devoid of any architectural merit. To the north-east at a lower level, a small shrine dedicated to Siva is built. In the vicinity are a few interesting sculptures stylistically datable to the sixth-twelfth centuries A.D. The entire complex is enclosed by a prakara with entrance from the east. The dvara-gopura of brick and lime is of late medieval period. Outside the entrance towards north-east, is a kalyani and a few other insignificant structures.