Set in the town of the same name, the cave temples of Badami are the epitome of traditional Indian rock-cut structures dating back to the 6th century.
The complex comprises of four cave temples which were built during the rule of Pulakesin I but most of the expansion took place during the Chalukya period.
Originally Badami Temple was called Vataapi Badami, the capital of the Chalukyas and was considered the centrepiece of temple architecture.
These temples depict the Chalukya style of architecture, an eclectic mix of North and South Indian styles.
There are a total of 4 cave temples that are carved out of sandstone on this hilly terrain.
:---The first cave is dedicated to Hindu divinity and features Lord Shiva in the form of Nataraja.
:---The second cave honours Lord Vishnu in his fifth avatar of Vamana.
:---The third cave is 100 feet deep and considered the largest amongst all the four. This cave is covered with remarkable paintings and enchanting adornments. It is also dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
:---The newest addition is the fourth cave that was built during the later parts of the 6h century. It contains the sculpture of Parshavanatha, the fifth Tirthankara. A sculpture of Lord Mahaveera can also be found here. A few other caves were discovered in the year 2015 that contains 27 Hindu figures. The Badami Cave Temples is also a part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Address: Badami, Karnataka - 587201
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Entry Fees: INR 10 (Indian Tourists), INR 100 (Foreign Tourists)
Best Time To Visit: July to March
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