The coronation town and the second capital of the Chalukya Empire, Pattadakkal, now a World Heritage Site, also served as the classroom for the development and evolution of the architecture and styles used for the construction of the numerous temples that the dynasty built. With over ten temples dating back to the 7th to 9th century, Pattadakkal is a site worth visiting to understand the development of temple architecture of the era. The Virupaksha, Papanatha and Mallikarjuna, all from the 8th century are the note worthy shrines in the complex.
Built under the aegis of Lokamahadevi, queen of Vikramaditya II, the Virupaksha temple, Karnataka with its pillared hall and a sculpture of the majestic Nandi is a classic example of the work of that time. The hall has panels with scenes from the Hindu epics adorned on them. Incorporating all the elements of temple design and architecture of that time, Virupaksha is a study in how the art evolved.