CRADLE OF INDIAN ARCHITECTURE

The temple architecture at Aihole is said to be the ‘Cradle of Indian Temple Architecture’. Aihole temples are known for ‘Cradle of Hindu Rock Architecture’. All the temples and their architecture at Aihole are depicted Hindu mythology. The temple architecture connects with mythical stories and religion. The temples are carved out on rocky hills. The architecture of the Aihole temples is mainly Dravida style with Nagara style also used in certain areas. The 125 temples are categorised as 22 groups . The temples were built in the 6th and 8th centuries and some are even older.