Badami , Karnataka

Description

Badami Formerly known as vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a talik by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India.  It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas,  from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for its rock cut structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone and  outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake. 

Badami is famous for its sandstone cave temples. Cave temple 1 may be the oldest in Badami. It is made of red sandstone and has a hall with numerous pillars and a square shaped sanctum hollowed in the control back wall. There are paintings of amorous couples on the ceiling. Other features include Shiva and his wife Parvathi with a coiled serpent and the 18 armed lord Nataraja in 81 dancing poses.

Badami fort lies west of the Bhuthnatha temple, atop a cliff right opposite the Badami cave temples. The entrance to this temple is right through the Badami museum. It is a steep climb with many view points and dotted with little shrines. The path is laid with neatly cut stone, the same that adores all the architecture around.

tI is also believed that name Badami has come from colour of its stone(badam -Almond)

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