Aihole ( Karnataka, South Indian State )
Aihole, the picturesque village on the banks of river Malaprabha, has over a hundred temples scattered all over the nearby fields. Aihole was once the capital of the early Chalukyas and historically famous as the cradle of the Hindu temple architecture. The oldest temple here is the Ladkhan dating back to the 5th century. The Durga Temple is notable for its semi-circular apse, elevated plinth and the gallery encircling the shrine. The Huchamasti Temple has a sculpture of Vishnu sitting atop a large snake (Sheshanaga). The Rawalphad is a Shaivaite Cave Temple remarkable for its delicate sculpture. Other notable shrines here are the Konthi Temple complex, Uma Maheshwara Temple, Jain Meguthi Temple and the two storeyed Buddhist Temple.