Badami, Karnataka, India  (info)


Badami lies at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya Tirtha tank (an artificial lake) on three sides. It was founded by Pulakesin I of the Chalukya dynasty. Once the capital of the Chalukyas, Badami, called Vatapi back then, is best known today for its rock-cut cave temples. The caves, sculpted in the 6th and 7th centuries CE, depict Hindu, Buddhist and Jain iconography. Cave 1 is devoted to Shiva, caves 2 and 3 are dedicated to Vishnu, and cave 4 displays reliefs of Jain Tirthankaras. A natural cave nearby is dedicated to the Buddha. Carvings of Hindu Gods are strewn across the area in other caverns and on boulders. Two Bhutanatha temples stand facing the lake. Together, these monuments represent the early styles and stages of south Indian temple architecture.

The Cave Temples of Badami

Cave One exterior (1, 2)

Nataraja with 18 arms

Harihara (Ardhanarishvara)

Left side of porch (right)


Cave Two exterior


Cave interior


Varaha (avatar of Vishnu)


Trivikrama (avatar of Vishnu)


Cave Three exterior (interior)


Left corner of porch (1, 2, 3)


Carved pillar brackets (1, 2)


Porch, looking left (right)


Cave Four exterior


Adinath, inner sanctum

The first Jain Tirthankar

Left side of porch


Right side of porch

Badami Village and Fort

View from the caves (more)

Agastya Tirtha tank (more)

Woman washing her buffalo

Lots of these around


Badami village street (more)


Badami village street


Badami from the fort (more)


Tonga


Bhutanatha temple 1


Inside Bhutanath temple 1


Bhutanatha temple 2 (more)


Bhutanatha temple 2


Picnicking girls


Albino kid with cousin


Siblings


Natural Buddhist cave (outside)

Buddhist shrine

Ghat by Agastya Tirtha tank


Laundry time (more)


Sari tied like a dhoti (1, 2)


Surveying the visitor


Path to Badami fort (more)


One of many fort temples


Caves & village from the fort


Path down Badami fort


ASI museum, Badami


Lajja Gauri fertility goddess


Yellama temple


Inscription of Kappe Arabhattan

Mahakuta Temple

Complex with tank (more)

Courtyard scene

Subsidiary shrines (more)

Nandi statue

 



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