Timings - Opening & Closing:
Monday - Friday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM ,
Saturday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM ,
Sunday: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM ,
Public Holidays: 6.00 AM - 6.00 PM
The four cave temples of Badami have intricate carvings, citing the mythological events and religious teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism.
Cave Temple 1 is the oldest temple with carvings of Shiva in the avatars of Ardhanareeswara and Harihara that date back to the 5th century CE. Shiva is seen also here in the avatar of Nataraja, doing his apocalyptic tandava dance.
The Harihara avatar has Shiva on the right side of the idol and Vishnu on the left side of the idol. There is a Shivalingam and Shanmukha, Mahishasuramardhini and Ganapati relief inside the cave. Made of red sandstone, this cave has a hall that includes many pillars.
Cave Temple 2 is completely dedicated to Vishnu the Preserver, where he is seen in the avatars of Varaha and Trivikrama. It...