January 9, 2007 6:24am CST
The capital of the Early Chalukyas, Badami is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. Badami is famous for its four cave temples - all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. Enter the first cave temple - past Shiva's door keepers - and there he is! The eighteen-armed Nataraja striking 81 dance poses! The largest and most ornamental is the third cave temple dedicated to Vishnu. Overlooking the cave temples is a reservoir dotted with temples dedicated to Vishnu and Shiva. Also a must are the Bhutanatha temples that lend their name to the lake beneath the cave temples. Getting here: * Rail: Badami is on the Hubli-Sholapur rail route. * Road: Badami is connected by road to: Hubli and Bijapur. Where to stay: * Hotel Badami Court Station Road * Hotel Mayura Chalukya Ramdurg Road Ph : +91-8357-3246 If you need any assistance with booking in any hotel in Karnataka or India in general click here Badami-Caves Badami Caves Badami-Caves3 Badami Caves Banashankari-Temple-Tank Banashankari Temple Tank Vishnu-Sitting-on-Adisesha Vishnu Sitting on Adisesha Goddess-Banashankari
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