Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Chalukya 2: Aihole: Photo 2
The most spectacular is the Durga Temple, so-called not from the goddess Durga but from the temple's location in a once-fortified area (fort = durga). The apsidal shape is unusual, perhaps in imitation of a cave. The temple, originally dedicated to Surya, was built about 720 by Vikramaditya II, but the partially collapsed spire here, unlike the square-shaped ones built at Pattadakal also during his reign, is in the northern or parabolic style.
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