It was 3 pm by my watch and I was still busy in the beauty of badami temples. Then I went towards the caves of Badami, the real beauty of badami. For history lovers, there are four caves in Badami facing eastern direction. I had to climb some steps to reach to the cave. The view of badami temple and agastya was splendid and magnificent.
The first cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Variours forms of Shiva like Harihar, Natraja, Ardha Narishwar are carved out in this cave. Of all, natraj idol is the most beautiful architecture carved out on the outer wall of the first cave. 18 handed shiva is dancing on a lotus with various dancing moves showing in a single image. It is said that these 18 handed dancing positions represent the whole 'Natyashastra', the book of dance. One thing I observed in the statue is Ganesh is also dancing observing Shiva natya.
The second cave is dedicated to Vishnu. Various incarnations of vishnu like Trivikram, Varaha are carved out in this cave.
The third cave, too, is dedicated to Vishnu. It has the carvings of various avatars of Vishnu. One of the most surprising carving was the Narsimha incarnation of Vishnu where Narsimha is laughing after slaying Hiranyakashyapu.
The fourth and last cave is dedicated to Jain idols. Parshwanath, Bahubali and Mahavir idols have been beautifully carved out on the walls.