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.
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.
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.
There is a Jain temple on top of this cliff. Here one can find many
Jain temples and a huge figure of Parswanatha.
The first cave temple, past Shiva's doorkeepers. Here one can see
the eighteen-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses.
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.
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.
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.
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
- Local Transport - Cycle Rickshaws, Tongas, City Bus Service.
General Information & Accomdation info on Badami city of Karnataka