There is an interesting myth associated with Gajendragad fort.Excerpts from Wiki says "A miracle that happens on the previous night of Ugadi, New Year of Kannadigas. The pandit/pujari of the temple prepares a solution of limestone, and keeps it ready for application along with a brush, inside the temple. The next morning, the jobs done. But the temple is painted on its own and this happens without fail every year. A hookah that is also kept along with it seems to be used when seen the next morning."
Chalukya kingdom is a base for the beginning of south indian architecture.It was Golden period.Earlier Aihole was its capital then Chalukyas shifted their capital to Badami (then Vatapi).Badami is situated in Bangalkot District,Karnataka.Badami is located along Malaprabha river.Badami caves which stands as an exemplary of Rock cut architectural style is situated at Malaprabha river basin.
What's in its Name
Badami-Got its name from the color (Almond color which is called Badam in Kannada) of sandstone around this area.
Organization of Caves
There are four caves comprised under Badami caves.First cave is dedicated to Shiva which is easily reachable from Ground level.Second one is situated at higher altitude than first cave and dedicated to Vishnu.Third Cave is also dedicated to Vishnu and located well above second one.Needs little effort to climb up and on the way to third cave,at right side there is a little mantap like structure which is off from the way with nothing in it whereas left to that mantas has an inscription written in kannada shows the sculptors involved in this magnificent architecture.Fourth cave is dedicated to jain religion and has jain tirtankar's statue.
It's pure mystery to perceive how could chalukya's came up with this idea and a standing tall proof for showcasing the art.It's beyond wonder for erecting such a structure in no technology era.Yet again Human power is more than any of the technology.
Cave 1: Dedicated to Shiva
You should not miss to look for the statue of dancing shiva with 9 pair of arms constituting 81 dance forms.It's located at down of mantapa.