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Aihole, Bagalkot, Karnataka, India



The main deity of this temple is Lord Ravana Phadi who is an incarnation of Lord Shiva.

Interesting Facts

  • Sculptures of Shiva along with Parvati, Lord Ganesha with Matrikas (divine mothers) can be seen. An exclusive relief of Nataraja (a form of Shiva) is also an attraction inside the cave.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (37°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (27°C during day and 18°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Guledgudd Bus Stand
12 KM 8026252625
Bagalkot Junction
34 KM 139
Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
370 KM 914066546370


The temple is mainly cut in sandstone, and conserved well. Ravana Phadi contains a vast flat field in the front, which is a unique feature amongst Indian rock-cut temples in India. The opening of the cave is southwest facing, and the cave is located on a platform and a number of stairs need to be covered in order to reach the cave. A big colossal pillar placed on a quadrangle base is located in front of the entrance hall to the temple. There is also figure of Nandi Bull, ride of Lord Shiva, in a seated posture, near the entrance. On either side of the entrance there are hallways with pillars that enhance the beauty of the architecture. More over the entrance area is ornamented with stone carved columns. There are artworks of well built deities on the sides of the entrance, which probably depict the sentinel of wealth, Kubera. There is a rectangular hallway inside the cave, known as mandapa, which appears even bigger than the hallways of Badami Cave Temples. The ceiling is decorated with a big carved lotus that is intricately detailed. There are also remains of paintings in the ceiling. The image of Lord Shiva in his Ardhanari incarnation, where he appears in the embodiment of half woman and half man, holding a trident in hand, is also present in the side walls. On the opposite wall, there is another image of Shiva, who is accompanied by Bhagiratha,Parvati, Vishnu and other gods and deities.

There are two chambers on the sides of the Mandapa. In the left side, there are stairs that lead to one of the chambers that contains a stunning artwork of Lord Shiva in Nataraja incarnation. There are also reliefs of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Parvati and Heavenly Mothers, known as Sapta Matrikas. Shiva holds a snake in his hands and one more in his neck, where as Ganesha appears with only 2 arms. The right chamber does not possess any such carvings. Beyond the mandapa, there are more stairs that lead to a smaller chamber that contain beautiful artworks on the side walls. Goddess Durga is portrayed in the carving. She appears to be slaying Mahishasura, a demon king who appears out of a buffalo, with a trident pierced through his chest, and the demon has crouched on to the ground. The wall on the opposite side is ornamented with an artwork portraying Lord Vishnu in the incarnation of Varaha. Goddess Bhumi appears on his hand in a seated position. There are pillars that are decorated with carvings of Apsaras. On the ceiling, there are 3 circles that contain carvings of Lord Indra, a lotus, and Lord Vishnu as well as Garuda. There are 3 access points that lead to the most important shrine, where a Lingam of Lord Shiva is located. There is a stunning carving of Bhringi, a saint, as well. He appears to be unhealthy, offering prayer to Lord Shiva.


The temple was built in 6th century A.D. by Chalukya Kings.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 07:00 AM - 12:00 PM 04:00 PM - 07:00 PM



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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