'Aihole' was a centre for Buddhism and Jainism even before the Chalukyas ruled this place. There are two cave temples in this region dedicated to Buddha and Mahavira. We were unable to visit the latter due to time constraint. We visited the Buddhist Chaityalaya (temple), situated on Megutigudda .
This cave temple is unique in the sense that it is partly built and the remaining elected in the rock. This temple belongs to 5 th century AD. It is a two storeyed structure and the pillars are quite simple. There is a small cave near the temple having inscriptions in Kannada.
|Well Laid Steps|
|View of Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Complex|