Pattadakal, in Karnataka, represents the high point
of an eclectic art which, in the 7th and 8th centuries under the
Chalukya dynasty, achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms
from northern and southern India. An impressive series of nine Hindu
temples, as well as a Jain sanctuary, can be seen there. One masterpiece
from the group stands out – the Temple of Virupaksha, built c. 740 by
Queen Lokamahadevi to commemorate her husband's victory over the kings
from the South.