Badami Cave Temples, Badami

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Tour the awe-inspiring Badami Cave Temples, a complex of sandstone cave temples displaying rock-cut architecture dating back to the sixth century. These caves range from Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist sources, including some of the earliest known examples of Hindu temples. In Cave 1, look for the striking carvings depicting Tandava-dancing, and in Cave 2 find the relief of Vishnu as Trivikrama. Expect to spend the most time in Cave 3, the largest of the caves, which highlights Hindu mythology with intricate, detailed carvings. You'll have to climb up some steep steps to reach the temples. Beware of the local monkeys, who will steal your food or bags if you leave them unattended. Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Badami trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.
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  • The discovery of the cliffs to tawny and ochre tones, above the artificial basin, the Bhutanatha, sheltering 4 cave shrines excavated in the 6th and 7th centuries is an unforgettable vision. 1 is dedicated to Shiva, whose representation is beautifully carved on an outside wall. A staircase leads to the 2nd cave, dedicated to Vishnu: here are Vishnu represented by his 3rd Varaha (boar) avatar and then by his 5th avatar Vamana, the dwarf transformed into giant who 3 not ships Bali, the demon in the depths! The 3rd, the grandest cave is dedicated to Vishnu: Vishnu seated in Majesty on the serpent Shesha or in the form of Varaha, of Narasimha, of Vamana. The ceilings which retain traces of paint are adorned of deities, celestial musicians and vidydhara (knowledge holders). The 4th cave is dedicated to the Jain worship. It is worth a visit because it predisposes to meditation and reflection. Here, it exudes a special poetry due in part to the sobriety and the uniqueness of the sculpture of Bahubali, standing, naked, challenging us on the imperative to respect all forms of life
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  • Amazing piece of architecture right in the middle of the city. The places are well maintained. Look out for narrow approach roads and the steps to reach the various cave levels  more »
  • The Badami cave temples are definitely worth a visit. They form part of the Hampi – Badami – Pattadakkal – Aihole old temple and monument circuit in North Karnataka, between Bagalkot and Hospet. They ...  more »
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  • Just out of this world! No words to.describe it. Best visited during and after monsoons though. You need a full day at least to do justice to this amazing place. Hard to get to without private transport but well worth it anyway.
  • Badami caves are at 4 levels from the ground.a total of about 80 steps have to be climbed (Another 80 to come down) to see the contents of the caves.the idols in the caves have been dug out or chisilled out of rocks.statues of Hindu Gods Vishnu,Shiva and their consorts, many of them huge could be seen there.huge idols of Buddha and Jain Gods are also seen in the top caves.from the top of the hill where the caves are situated you can see a large lake and a few hills around.the sculptures are beautiful and artistic and throw good light on the skills of the sculptors of that time. Photographs with self sticks are not permitted to avoid accidents. There are monkeys around and necessary care has to be taken.
  • Great place, must visit! Badami caves are at 4 levels from the ground.a total of about 80 steps have to be climbed (Another 80 to come down) to see the contents of the caves.the idols in the caves have been dug out or chisilled out of rocks.statues of Hindu Gods Vishnu,Shiva and their consorts, many of them huge could be seen there.huge idols of Buddha and Jain Gods are also seen in the top caves.from the top of the hill where the caves are situated you can see a large lake and a few hills around.the sculptures are beautiful and artistic and throw good light on the skills of the sculptors of that time Photographs with self sticks are not permitted to avoid accidents
  • Awe inspiring cave temples carved into the rock face with such precision that would be impossible today. The humongous hills have been carved open to create four cave temples for Shiva, Vishnu, Mahavishnu and a Jain one. You have to climb a lot of steps but the sculptures give us a glimpse into our glorious past so it is worth it.
  • Unbelievable piece of history. Incredibly done cave temples which are neatly maintained. There are four caves each very unique in their own way and purpose. Surprised to see the colours on the roof of cave 3 which are done by vegetable colours centuries back. Should be UNESCO heritage site. A treasure which this world should have. Government should quickly resolve the issue.

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