Badami Cave Temples

Badami Cave Temples

The Badami Cave Temples, an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, are at Badami, a town in the Bagalkot District in the north part of Karnataka, India. Badami, the capital of the Early Chalukyas, who ruled much of Karnataka in the 6th to 8th centuries, lies at the mouth of a ravine with rocky hills on either side and a town tank in which water from the ravine flows. The town is known for its ancient cave temples carved out of the sandstone hills above. [cite web
title= Badami(Western Chalukya)
publisher=art-and -archaeology

Temple caves

The Badami Cave Temples are composed of four caves, all carved out of the soft Badami sandstone on a hill cliff in the late 6th century. [cite web
title=Cave 1 Badami, 575 A.D. - 585 A.D.
] The four caves are simple in style. The entrance is a verandah with stone columns and brackets, a distinctive feature of these caves, leading to a columned mantapa and then to the small square shrine (sanctum sanctorum) cut deep into the cave. [cite book
first= Binda
last= Thapar
year= 2004
title= Introduction to Indian Architecture
publisher= Periplus Editions
pages= p 45
id= ISBN 0794600115
] The temple caves represent different religious sects. Among them, two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one to Lord Shiva and the fourth is a Jain temple. The first three are devoted to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain temple at Badami. [cite web
title=Indian Architecture Rock-cut
publisher=Indian Heritage
] The cave temples date back to 600 and 700 CE. Their architecture is a blend of North Indian Nagara Style and South Indian Dravidian style. As described above each cave has a sanctum sanctorum, a mantapa, a verandah and pillars. The cave temples also bear exquisite carvings, sculptures and beautiful murals.cite book
first= K.V. Soundara
last= Rajan
year= 1998
title= Rock-cut Temple Styles`
publisher=Somaily Publications
locatio=Mumbai, India
pages= p 113
id= ISBN 8170392187


ee also

* Badami Chalukya Architecture
* Varaha Cave Temple
* Nellitheertha Cave Temple
* Karla Caves
* Kanheri Caves
* Undavalli caves
* Pandavleni Caves
* Indian rock-cut architecture
* List of India cave temples

External links

* [ Cave (Badami) Temple]
* [ Cave Temples at Badami - Pictures]
* [ Badami Cave Temple info]
* [ Badami cave temples]
* [ Badami Cave Temple]
* [ Map of Cave Locations]
* [ Four cave temples at Badami - Click to see photos]
* [ The Chalukyan magnificence - Architecture]

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