The Badami cave temples, situated 106 km northeast of Hubbali, and 140 km northwest of Hampi, Karnataka, are one of the most admired, celebrated rock-cut cave temples in the world.
Badami, also known as Vatapi, was the capital of Chalukyas (6th to 12th Century CE). The temples were created between years 578 – 609 CE during the reigns of Kirthivarman and Mangalesha.
A standing testimony to the rock-cut cave temple architecture and sculpturing skills, the complex houses 5 temples – two dedicated to lord Vishnu and one each to Nataraja, Mahavira and Budha.
The picturesque Agastya lake at the foot and magnificent Bhuthanatha temple (built in 5th century CE) add beauty and serenity to the locale.
Badami is home to many ancient inscriptions in Kannada and Sanskrit dating from 543 CE.
Badami – surely a place where history breathes!
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