Kan: ಪಟ್ಟದ್ಕಲ್ಲು paṭṭadkallu
‘Coronation Stone’ [Raktapura]
From Skt: paṭṭa ‘crown’, ‘band’, ‘ribbon’; Kan: kal/kallu, ‘stone’.
Pattadakal is a complex of exquisitely crafted 7-8thC Hindu and Jain temples.
It is the artistic and spiritual legacy, with neighboring Badami and Aihole, of the 6-12thC Chalukyan dynasty which ruled large tracts of central and southern India.
It had only a small resident population and was used for royal functions and festivities. Rumour has it that the Chalukyan monarchs were crowned here.