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Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples

  • Rock Cut cave Temples Of Badami in Karnataka, India.
  • Badami, the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka in the 6th to 8th centuries, lies at the mouth of a ravine with rocky hills on either side and a town tank in which water from the ravine flows. The town is known for its ancient cave temples carved out of the sandstone hills above.
  • These caves are considered an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya Architecture.
  • The Badami Cave Temples are composed of 'four caves', all carved out of the soft Badami sandstone. 
  • The cave temples date back to 6th and 7th century. Their architecture is a blend of North Indian Nagara Style and South Indian Dravidian style.

Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples



Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples


Places to see in Badami:

Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples


Naganath Temple:

10 Kms, located in a forest on the way to Mahakuta, it is one of the early Chalukyan temples dedicated to Shiva.

Aihole:
46 Kms. There is a remarkable group of temples here built during the reign of Chalukyan rulers, dating from the sixth to the eighth centuries.



Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples


Tranquil lake:

Take a dip in this green tranquil lake. It is said to have healing properties. According to a popular story, King Kushataraya was cured of leprosy here.

Archaeological Museum: 
Museum with Shiva's bull, "Nandi" at its entrance overlooking the dammed lake is worthwhile for the scholarly. This museum is closed on Fridays.


Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples


Badami Fort: 
2 Kms. Strategically situated on top of the hill, the fort encloses large granaries, a treasury impressive temples on top of the northern end of the hill. Malegitti Shivalaya, perhaps the oldest temple of the lot, is dedicated to the benign aspect of Shiva as the garland maker. Placed on the summit of a rocky hill, the temple is built of stone, finely joined without mortar, & with Dravidian tower. The lower Shivalaya has a Dravidian tower of which only the sanctum remains now.


Badami cave temples - Amazing Ancient Rock Cut Temples


Main attraction:

A number of annual temple festivals are held in towns near Badami. The annual temple festival, held at Banashankari, in the month of January-February is worth visiting; so are the Virupaksha Temple Car Festival and Mallikarjuna Temple Festival held in Pattadakal during March-April.