Badami (erstwhile known as Vatapi) is a historical town in the Bagalkot district of the state of Karnataka. Renowned for the rock cut and other structural temples, this place was once the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. In fact, the heritage cities of Badami, Bijapur and Bida are known in travel parlance as Karnataka's 'Northern Circuit' for tourists who love to explore history and interesting monuments, forts and temples. Post Chalukyas, Badami was also came in the possession of the Vijayanagar Kings, the Adil Shahis, the Savanur Nawabs, the Marathas, Hyder Ali and finally, the British who annexed it to the Bombay Presidency. Apart from the heritage monuments, Badami is also famous for beautiful rosewood and sandalwood sculptures & handicrafts, paintings, Lambani jewelry, silk sarees, incense sticks, sandalwood oil and handlooms. If you are a history lover, then checkout Badami holiday packages on EaseMyTrip.in and get ready to explore Badami!
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One of the most important places to visit in your Badami tour itinerary is these cave temples. Located atop a flight of 200 steps, the temple complex has four ancient rock- cut caves sated with bracket figures and beautifully carved pillars.
A rough, steep and winding flight of steps from caves 2 and 3 lead to the magnificent Badami fort. Within the ramparts of the fort, you can find a large granary, an underground chamber which might have been served as a treasury or private audience hall and many other architectural marvels. The fort's chief attraction is the Tipu's cannon.
This 5th century Lake is situated beneath the cave temples and believed to be holy due to the healing powers of the lake water. The Bhoothanatha temples are located on the eastern banks Agasthya-Tirtha Tank.
Bhoothanatha and Malegitti Temples:
The Bhoothanatha temple houses an 18-armed Shiva, Mahishamardini Durga, Ganesh, Varaha and Nrisingha incarnations of Vishnu as deities. The pillared hallway is adorned with exquisite artwork. The Malegitti Visalia Temple (late 7th century) is another major attraction of Badami.