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.

For related place names see Indian Place names and Karnataka place names.

 

Pattadakal Temple Complex

Pattadakal Temple Complex      Shivajidesai29