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Cave Temples Of Badami


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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 has to be reached from the first cave by climbing 64 stairs. The ceilings of the cave bear carvings of Vishnu from scenes of Puranas and in the avatar of Garuda.

After climbing a flight of 60 steps, Cave Temple 3 can be reached. This 100 feet deep cave temple, was built during the period of Kritivarma Chalukya around 578 CE. Inside this, Vishnu is seen in carved avatars of Trivikrama and Narasimha and frescoes are there to depict the wedding of Shiva and Parvati.

Cave Temple 4 is dedicated to Jainism, where a figurine of Tirthankara Parshavnatha is carved inside the cave, and Mahavira shown as sitting. It dates back to the 6th century.

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Ajith G a

Ajith G a5.0/5

143 reviews

Must visit place !!

Badami cave temples is a group of 4 caves . I will try to explain all aspects step by step Location:. Very near to the main road, cars and other vehicles can reach easily Parking. Ample parking space available Entry ticket. 15/- per person Caves :. There are 4 caves which can be visited one after the other . Totally 80-100 steps to be climbed to cover all 4 caves . View of Badami town from the 4th cave is awesome . Photography is allowed . Usage of selfie sticks is prohibited Other places:. Agasthya lake, Archaeological museum, bhatunath temple are very close to badami caves Totally worth visiting the place . Must visit place in Badami.

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  • Must visit place !!
  • Must visit place !!
  • Must visit place !!
  • Must visit place !!

Chetana Siddagangaiah

Chetana Siddagangaiah5.0/5

64 reviews

Badami Cave temples

Badami cave temples are a complex of temples(similar to Aurangabad cave temples), rock-cut, red sand-stone temples. Its very windy while climbing the temple complex and very hot as well, so better to carry a cap or umbrella & water. In front of the caves is the Agastya lake. There is another temple on the banks of the lake which looks submerged in water in rainy season(Awesome view). The opposite of cave temples on the other side of the temple complex is a hill and one can get a great view of sun set(Very windy on top and the area has a lot of monkeys).

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6 reviews

Nice place to visit

Badami cave and temple is in karnataka, it's 30 km from bagalkot, I prefer to take a guide they also speak English and hindi all guides and entry fee are handle by karnataka government which is a good part, you cannot carry food inside the cave only water is allowed, parking is available for 20 rs, you will get a good 3 star hotel but you need to pre book it, food inside a good hotel is preferred.
  • Nice place to visit
  • Nice place to visit
  • Nice place to visit
  • Nice place to visit

Arun Bharadwaj

Arun Bharadwaj5.0/5

3 reviews

Place for heritage lovers

Excellent place with history written all over it. 3 major caves dedicated to Shiva, Buddhism and Jainism can be seen as the centre of attraction. The picturesque Agastya sarovara adds to the scenic beauty .. In the rainy season a waterfall is also formed cascading from the volcanic rocks adding to its beauty. Good options for lodging and food are available in Badami and nearby places like Bagalkot, Bijapur and Dharwad.Best time to visit is from June to February. Summer months are very harsh and dry.

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Snehal Raibole

Snehal Raibole5.0/5

39 reviews

Monumental monuments

The cave temples of Badami is an example of sheer will and dedication of the Chalukyas dynasty. The caves are carved out of soft sandstone with influences of both the Indian hemispheres namely the South Indian styles (Dravidian style) and northern influences (Indo-Aryan Nagara style).The 4 caves were built around 575 AD to 7th century AD. Cave 1 has a group with Shiva and Parvati with a coiled serpent as well as unique monument of art - 18 armed Nataraja.Cave 2 is dedicated to Vishnu and is adorned with reliefs of guardians (dvarapala).Cave 3 is the largest amongst the 4 caves, the entrance is adorned with row of six massive columns. Inside, murals of 4 armed Brahma on his swan and in a lotus medallion is seen.Cave 4 is the only Jain temple in the complex. The cave temples contains Tirthankara Parsvanatha with a serpent at his feet and a sculpture of Jain saint Mahavira in a sitting position and Gomateswara with creepers crawling around his legs.

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  • Monumental monuments
  • Monumental monuments
  • Monumental monuments
  • Monumental monuments

Yogananda swamy

Yogananda swamy5.0/5

3 reviews

Beautiful Tourist Place

Badami caves are ancient place. It describes the Shiva, Vishnu and Jain history. There are 4 man made caves and 1 natural cave. From the top you can see beautiful view of agasthya lake and Bhoothnath temple. Near by you can visit Museum

Sammit vartak

Sammit vartak4.3/5

2 reviews

Magnificent Chalukya cave temples

It is one of the most beautiful historical monuments India has. These four caves have been so beautifully carved that we can just imagine about the affluence Chalukyas would have in their days. First cave is the oldest being carved in late 5th century. Craftsmanship starts flourishing as we go to further caves as 2nd and 3rd caves have been carved in 6th and 7th century respectively. We can see the carving techniques getting more and more matured from first to second and third cave. Every pillar of the 3rd cave temple has distinct design. The carvings of men women and gods give us idea about attire people had at that time. Carvings in these three caves are mainly based on Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu. At the time of the carving of fourth cave Jainism's influence had started growing in this part Indian so this cave is dedicated to Jain god 'Bhagawan Mahaveer'.Caves are located at South part of the Badami Fort. The museum of archeological survey of India at the bottom of the North Fort is a must see.

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4 reviews

Excellent place to visit by people who like history

Excellent place and must visit place by all the people who like history. Can put experience of visiting this place in words. I keep visiting this every 3 or 4 yrs once.



2 reviews

Just awesome caves

The caves were just awesome. Though some destruction was visible, overall lot remained and hence could be seen. The place is clean and not littered like many tourist places in India.

Er thakur Ganeshsingh

Er thakur Ganeshsingh4.3/5

13 reviews

Awesome art and excellent since cut - must watch

'Aihole-badami-pattadakal', one of the oldest stone art, present in Bagalkot district, Badami. The 6th century's single stone carved temple built in Chalukya dynasty. The four historic temples numbered 1-4 based in their order of creation. The first three gives details of mythological stories of Lord Vishnu and Shiva and the last and uppermost is a symbol of Jain's. The temples are well built and are carved in single rock. Almost 500 feet tall with number of steps to climb makes it an adventurous place to visit.The Indian art of carving stones is marvellous, if you don't believe then visit this place once. Place has good connectivity and good transportation support. A good number of tourist guides and detailed information about place with written can be found every now and then. You need to be careful with your luggage due to notorious Monkeys present there as they can snatch your belongings and eatables. Despite of it they are friendly so can think for a long distant photo shoot.Place is well suited for vacation and family visit but going with friends is fun. The place is also surrounded by decent amount of lodging and boarding facilities. An overnight stay can be made with affordable budget have becomes a good choice for vacation visit. But do not think of it during summer.Sure that you will love this place.

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