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Aihole (Kannada ಐಹೊಳೆ) is a temple complex in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It is a very popular tourist spot in north Karnataka. It lies to the east of Pattadakal, along the Malaprabha River, while Badami is to the west of both.

Aihole has the potential to be included as a UNESCO World heritage site.


Aihole by Road it is 510 kms from Bangalore and 26 kms from Hungund. One of the most notable places in the history of art in the State, Ayyavole and Aryapura are the names mentioned in the inscriptions. Now the place is called as Aihole, aivalli and Ayyhole. It was a prominent city in the Badami Chalukyas times from 6th to the 12th century. A place known by the name Morera Angadigalu near the Meguti hillocks has a large number of cists of pre-historic period. The place was an agrahara. The village has 125 temples divided into 22 groups by the Archaeological Department. Aihole has been described as one of the cradles of temple architecture. Of late some brick structures of pre-Chalukyan times have also been excavated. It must have been a great ancient city, a commercial centre as well, with the federation of trade guilds having its headquarters here.


Early inscriptions call this town Āryapura and Ārya-vole.<ref name="Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 1
By Gaṅgā Rām Garg">Encyclopaedia of the Hindu world, Volume 1
By Gaṅgā Rām Garg page 251  According to mythology......

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