Badami caves-Wonderful rock-cut temples
Badami-Where is it?
Badami is presently a small town with around 50.000 population,present in Karnataka state, south India.Is is well linked by road and rail.From bangalore, you can easily reach Badami by road (it will be anearly 10 hour journey and you have so many other places on the way to see.)By plane, you can reach Hubli from Bangalore (just one hour) and from there Badami is just two and a half hour journey by road. You can either hire a taxi or make sue of public transport services.
Near this Badami are two other famous places-AIhole and Pattadakal.
All these three places have rich treasure of temple architecture and sculpture.
BADAMI IS FAMOUS FOR ITS CAVE TEMPLES. These are carved in 7th century A.D.
This town was the seat of famous Chalukya dynasty which once ruled major part of South india.Those Kings patronized arts, sculpture and music. As a result of that, BAdami and neibhouring places were turned into craddle of Indian architecture.By the encouragement of these kings, Huge and most beautiful Rock-cut temples were made out of red sand-stone rocks.
There are four such huge cave temples at Badami. These are different from famous Ajantha and Ellora caves in Maharashtra.Three of these caves are devoted to Hindus following Vaidic philosophy and other one is a jaina cave where we can find the jaina statues.
The whole temple here is made of one single stone, which again is only a part of a big rock.
Photoes speak much. Visiters can see.There is also a museum in the visinity where some good and broken indivisual sculptures are kept.