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Badami

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Badami

Durga Temple:

The ancient Durga Temple at Badami, situated in the region of Aihole, is considered to be one of the most visited and sacred Hindu temples. The building served as a military outpost (durg) in the past and has no connection to the Goddess Durga. The major deity of the temple is Lord Vishnu. The design of the Durga temple is similar to a Buddhist chaitya with a large moulded adisthana and a tower. A corridor supported by several pillars surrounds the temple. The columns of the temple close to the entrance and inside the porch are wonderfully adorned with decorative reliefs and engraved figures.

 

Badami Fort:

Located on top of a hill alongside two Shivalaya complexes, the Badami Fort was constructed by King Pulakesin II, a Vishnu devotee, in the 5th century. While the upper Shivalaya is dedicated to Shiva, the guardian of the five elements, Lord Ganesha is the main deity of the lower Shivalaya. The exterior walls of the upper Shivalaya remain covered with mythological stories. To the northern side of the lower Shivalayas stands a 16th century cannon. A watchtower dating back to the 14th century stands close to the cannon.

 

Cave Temples:

The four ancient cave temples of Badami boast of elaborate carvings depicting the religious preachings and mythological events of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. The first cave temple is the oldest, dating back to the 5th century. This cave, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is composed of red sandstone and includes a hall with multiple pillars. Cave Temple 2 is devoted wholly to Vishnu the Preserver. Cave Temple 3 was formed about 578 CE. The fourth cave is dedicated to Jainism with a large 6th century statue of Tirthankara Parsvnath engraved inside the cave.

 

Agastya Lake:

Encompassed by reddish sandstone temples and hills, the waters of the Agastya Lake are believed to hold healing powers. All the caves in Badami face towards the Agastya Lake.

 

Archaeological Museum:

Situated at the base of the Northern Hills, the Archaeological Museum was established in the year 1979. The main collections in the museum comprise of stone equipment and pre-historic sculptures, which hail from the 6th-16th century AD. A massive stone sculpture of Shiva’s bull, Nandi, stands in front of the entrance to the Museum.

Timings: 10:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs (except Friday)

 

Tipu’s Fort:

This fort was constructed by Tipu Sultan in the 18th century atop a nearby hill. Tipu positioned aerodynamic and hard shanks at strategic locations in the fort for fighting the Marathas. Several cave temples have been carved on Tipu’s Fort.

Timings: 06:00 hrs to 18:00 hrs

 

Open Air Museum:

This museum houses a vast collection of stone equipments and sculptures that dates between 6th to 16th century AD. The museum has four galleries and is visited by historians round the year.


Timing:  10 am and 5 pm. Friday holiday.

 

Aihole:

This historical town located on the west of Badami on the banks of Malaprabha river is famous as the birthplace of the typical Hindu stone architecture. The town houses more than 125 temples and is a very busy tourist spot round the year. The Western Chalukyan architecture can be seen in its full splendor in this small town. There is no doubt that this place is a must visit for those who love the ancient temple architecture. The Durga Devi temple and Lad Khan temple are the most famous among them.

 

Pattadakkal:

This World Heritage Center is located about 29 km from Badami. The main attractions of this town are the famous temples like Virupaksha and Banashankari with their elaborate carvings and architecture.