It is well past dawn and I drive all the way from Vatapi or Badami, the Chalukyan capital across the Malaprabha River to Aihole or Aivalli, where monuments fill your eyes everywhere. The temples are

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It is well past dawn and I drive all the way from Vatapi or Badami, the Chalukyan capital across the Malaprabha River to Aihole or Aivalli, where monuments fill your eyes everywhere. The temples are located in the heart of the town. You do not see houses or markets; just temple complexes in various states of ruin and restoration.

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| Photo by Lakshmi Sharath