Thursday, November 19, 2009
Badami Cave Temple, Karnataka Tourism
Badami, a capital of Chalukyan empire from 5th to 7th century A.D. is famous for cave temples. It is located at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is a town oflake and sandstones and is famous for its 6th century A.D. Hindu and Jain cave temples. They over look Bhuthanatha lake.
One is thrilled with the carvings on the rocks, it’s sculpture and architecture formed by the human hand and his mind. There is a awe inspiring sculpture of Shiva with 18 arms that embodies 81 dance poses. There are number of Pallavan style temples, the famous one are the four rocks cut with carved pillars, figures representing Brahmin and Jain school of temple architecture. Famous Bhuthanath temple is worth a visit, located at the western side of the lake, especially at sunset. On the rock-face, there are carved images of Vishnu, Shiva, Mahishasura Mardini, Varaha, Ganapati and Narasimha.