Badami is situated in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka and is considered as the land of rich culture and history. In ancient times, it was the capital of Chalukyas dynasty. With its captivating ancient archaeological sites, this city has been regarded as the ultimate India holidays destination. Within this region, travellers get to meet people of different religions including Hinduism, Christianity and Buddhism. There are several tourist attractions like Aihole, Badami Cave Temple and Fort and Nagnath Temple.
Badami Cave Temples
The Badami Cave Temples are one of the oldest caves of India. As per the monastery records, the rock structure was built by Kithivarnam between sixth and seventh centuries. These grottoes are widely anticipated by travellers for enigmatic carvings and sculptures. The entire temple has been carved from sandstone hills, where each rock shelter has a verandah, sanctum and several pillars. While visiting this place, travellers get to see a masterpiece work of rock carving done in Chalukyan style of art, which is a mixture of Hindu and Dravidian architectural style. Even though the exteriors of these structures are quite simple, but interiors are full of sculptures, ancient inscriptions written in Kannada and Sanskrit, murals and wall carvings.
There are four caves within the shrine each devoted to Hindu or Jain deities. The first cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was constructed around 578 AD. There is as columned verandah and a room with beautifully engraved pillars. On the interior walls of this section, there are exquisitely paintings and about 80 sculptures of Shiva with his serpent and consort. The next two grottoes are dedicated to Lord Vishnu and in the fourth one there is his a huge image of Lord Mahavira. The most significant feature of this place is the 18 armed statue of Lord Shiva in sitting position. There is also a fifth rock shelter, which is natural and is dedicated to Buddha. Travellers who are keen to know about Indian culture and religions, can visit this shrine during their tours to India.