On the second leg of our sight seeing we arrived at Badami from Bijapur on 02 February 2014 and were amazed by the cave temples there.
Badami was the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka in the 6th to 8th centuries. The town is known for its ancient cave temples carved out of the sandstone hills. The cave temples are hallmark of ancient Indian art and culture.
The Badami cave temples are composed of four caves, all carved out of the soft Badami sandstone on a hill cliff. The temple caves represent different religious sects. Among them cave 2 and 3 are dedicated to god Vishnu, cave 1 to Shiva and the fourth (cave 4) is a Jain temple. The first three are devoted to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain temple at Badami. The cave temples date back to 600 and 700 CE. Their achitecture is a blend of North Indian Nagara Style and South Indian Dravidian style. Each cave has a sanctum sanctorum, a mandapa, a verandah and pillars. The cave temples also bear exquisite carvings, sculptures and beautiful murals. Important part of historical heritage at Badami cave temples are inscriptions in old Kannada script. There is also the fifth cave temple in Badami – Buddhist temple in natural cave which can be entered only on all fours.
The first cave has Natraja carved out of stone in 18 dance poses. You need to view from different directions to see all the poses.
The second and third caves has Vishnu in ten different avatars.
The fourth cave is dedicated to Mahavira.
You find monkeys all around in a playful and naughty mood. Be careful, they are known to have snatched purses and raided cars. Keep your car window closed and hold your purse tight, preferably leave them in the car.
How to Get to Badami Cave Temples
The Badami Cave temples are extremely famous and they attract a lot of tourists. Badami is well connected through many bus routes. The town also has a railway station. Belgaum, located at a distance of 150 km from Badami, houses the nearest airport. Badami can also be approached from Bijapur which is approximately 100 km.
The Heritage Resort is located in close vicinity of the cave temple. Click here for more details.
The cave temples are poetry carved in stone and a must see.