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Badami caves-Wonderful rock-cut temples

Updated on March 9, 2013
 A grand view of One of the four cave temples in Badami.Pillers, statue at the rear end, terrace, etc..all are made of one stone.
A grand view of One of the four cave temples in Badami.Pillers, statue at the rear end, terrace, etc..all are made of one stone.

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.

 Outer view of one of the caves
Outer view of one of the caves
 View seen infront of Badami caves. The museum building can be seen
View seen infront of Badami caves. The museum building can be seen
The sculpture of Yakha (fairy) couple carved at the top of of a piller. The piller,terrace, the sculpture, etc, are all of a single stone
The sculpture of Yakha (fairy) couple carved at the top of of a piller. The piller,terrace, the sculpture, etc, are all of a single stone
 Statue of a jain Tirthankara, carved at the bottom of a piller
Statue of a jain Tirthankara, carved at the bottom of a piller


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      Harsha.s.from.badami. 5 years ago

      badami looks very beautyful.and my birth place is also badamhi.

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! Prasdjit

      Good article and good pictures. One immediagtely feels like going there and seeing them. Soc's and your comments are interesting. I am not expert in architecture. But I think while talking about our influence on others we should also not forget that we have been also influenced by others. I think it is generally said that some of our ancient architecture which is so pleasing has influences of Greeks (yavana). It is of course credit to our ancient architects to mingle it in so asthetic and spiritual style.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 7 years ago from Tumkur

      My special thanks to Mr. Soc, as his learned comments enrich the value of my article.I fully agree with the second part of his article,but difference lies in my view about the first paragraph.I dont think Indians imported architectural knowledge form Korea,persia etc. We must remember that Indian Kshatriyas once ruled the world( specifically parts upto present gulf countries which are connected by land wioth India, and Srilanka.Buddhism went to Japan through China.Pre-islamic art in Persia etc, show clear influence of Hinduism.Its only medieval Islamic architectural styles that India didn't had earlier.

      In Orissa, not only Konark temple, but Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves and Lingaraja temple in Bhuvaneshwar are also noteworthy.

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      Soc 7 years ago

      Ajit, my apologies, if I sound a bit dismissive. there are many jewels left behind by our forefathers, right from earliest rock art, to cave temples to free standing temples, palaces, fortifications, public works (which seem to evoke less imagination - but were truly the foundation for possibility of the grander works). Ancient Indians imported their know how and cultural influences as far east as present day Vietnam (Cham-Khamboja-Srivijaya-Suvarnabhumi) and to the west as far as ancient Persia (there was a contingent of Sindhi/North-west Indian soldiers who fought alongside the earliest Arab armies and sometimes against them). Influences in terms of religion or softer cultural influences can be seen in Japan/China (to a lesser extant), and Tibetan culture as well.

      Where the disconnect is in terms of awareness is that post Islamic invasions, India turned inwards. Post British occupation, one good thing that came of it was that British with their advanced understanding of archaelogy and appreciation for history helped piece together much of our past from our largely eulogical documentation of life. Ofcourse, there was bias (as normally is) in terms that British interpreted our history through their own perspective.

      Anyways to cut the long story short. The gap is not in significance of ancient Indian influences and contribution to the world. The gap is in terms of contemporary Indians' consciousness of the same. Our current rendering of history a bias of its own. Taj Mahal - Rajasthan - Ajanta/Ellora - Kajuraho are just tips of an iceberg called India.

      Go explore more - Karnataka has the largest concentration of protected ancient monuments - understandably. Major empires that dominated Deccan were based out of this geographical region - Hampi - Belur-Halebid are just two, Tamil Nadu has fantastic temples, built by Cholas/Pandyas/Cheras/Pallavas and others, Maharashtra has fantastic fortifications a legacy of the mighty Maratha empire, Kerala has it's jewels, Andhra has the legacy of the ancient Hindu/Buddhist kingdoms, Kakatiyas, Vijayanagara (shared with Karnataka) and later Muslim kings, Gujarat of Pratiharas/Solankis, Orissa has it's Konark temple and other jewels (did you know - Sri Lanka apparently was influenced by an Odiyan connection!), West Bengal has it's Pala connection and later Muslim influences. North Indian Gangetic plains were the core of the ancient Aryavarta and the land is infused with much history. Rajasthan, let's not beat it down with any more cliches. Kashmir was the core of the Kushan empire. I could go on. Not to leave out North-eastern states. They were always on the periphery, mentioned even in the ancient scripts but they are relatively younger siblings.

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      Ajit Kumar 8 years ago

      Badami caves has been beautifully introduced to the world. To my knowledge, only Ajanta and Ellora caves were known.

      I suggest big corporate houses like Ambanies and Tatas should adopt such places of Indian pride and maintain it.

      I am sure Indian public and authorities will appreciate it.

      I certainly convey my congratulations to Mr Prasadjain for proving himself a good teacher.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 8 years ago from Tumkur

      Your view is partially true Mr. Bbudyono.But indian architecture has atleast partially influenced Indianesian architecture. But every community has its own imagination.So,nothing is adopted in toto.Certain liked features are taken and some others are added from their own heritage style, Thus new styles are created iunevery country.

      Mr.Vivekananda,I am sure you must have seen these caves and caves at Ajantha and Ellora.Yes, much need to be made.

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      vivekananda 8 years ago from India

      These rock cut temples are indeed beautiful. To preserve the beauty of these temples the Government and people of India have much to do.

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      Bbudoyono 8 years ago

      Indonesian Hindu and Buddhist temples are very different from Indian ones. It seems that we import the religion only, but not the architecture.