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History | Getting There | Prime Attractions

Badami, the capital of Early Chalukyas, is a picturesque spot situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It is famous for its cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill.

Third Cave TempleThe largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva.

Also a must are the Bhutanath temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples.

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Prime Attractions

Archaeological MuseumArchaeological Museum
Nearby is the museum set up by the archaeological survey of India. It houses superb examples of local sculptures, including the remarkable Lajja-Gauri images of fertility cult, which flourished in the era. A visit to the museum is sure to be a rewarding experience.

 

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Meguti Jain TempleJain Temple
There is a Jain temple on top of this cliff. Here one can find many Jain temples and a huge figure of Parswanatha.

 


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First Cave TempleNataraja
The first cave temple, past Shiva's doorkeepers. Here one can see the eighteen-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.

 

 

 

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Third Cave TempleVishnu
The largest and the most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Here are some splendid carvings of the Hindu pantheon, such as Narasimha, the half-man-half-god lion incarnation of Vishnu, Harihara, the composite god who is half Shiva and half Vishnu and Vishnu, Narayana sitting as well as reclining on the snake 'Shesh' or 'Anantha' (eternity). There are also some paintings on the ceiling and wonderful bracket figures on the piers.

 

 

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Bhutanatha templesCave Temple
Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Also a must are the Bhutanatha temples that lend their name to the lake just beneath the cave temples.

 

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A Lake having Healing PropertiesLake
A dip in the tranquil waters of this lake is said to cure leprosy as the water of the lake is said to have healing properties.

 

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How to get there ?

  • Air - The nearest airport is Belgaum (150 kms).
  • Rail - Badami is on the Hubli - Sholapur rail route.
  • Road - Badami is connected by road to: Hubli (128 kms) Bijapur (132 kms.)
  • Local Transport - Cycle Rickshaws, Tongas, City Bus Service.






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