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FACT FILE FOR BADAMI
State
Karnataka
District
Bagalkot
Area
10.9 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Population
25,851
Population Density
2,400/km2 (6,100/sq mi)
Altitude
77 meters
Temperature
Summer Temp: 38°C Max 23°C Min, Winter Temp: 29°C Max 15°C Min
Best Time to Visit
October - March
Architectural Site
Four Caves out of which 3 are Brahamanical temple and 1 is Jain temple.
Highlights
Cave 1 – Dedicated to Lord Shiva. See the sculpture of the 18-armed Lord Nataraja (Dancing Shiva), and Shiva Lings.
Cave 2 – Dedicated to Lord Vishnu and highlights the carvings and incarnations of Varaha (boar) and Vamana (dwarf).
Cave 3 – Grandest cave showcasing culptures of Vishnu in different avatars, Narasimha (Vishnu as Man-Lion), Varaha, Harihara (Shiva Vishnu) and as Trivikrama.
Cave 4 – The only Jain cave housing statues of the Jain Tirthankaras in different postures.
Festive Magic
Temple festival at Banashankari (5 kms) from the Badami town held in the months of January-Ferbrurary.
Excursions
Badami Fort – 2 kms on a hilltop, Nagnath Temple – 10 kms, Banashankari – 5 kms, Mahakuta – 14 kms.
Important Distance
Hospet – 90 kms, Bijapur – 163 kms, Hubli – 128 kmfrom Mumbai s, Belgaum – 150 kms, Bangalore – 504 kms.
Major Tourist Attractions
Caves, Bhootanatha Temples, Badami Fort, Lake Agatsya, Aihole, Pattadakal...
Getting There
Air – The nearest airport to reach Badami is at Belgaum (150 kms). The nearest international airport is at Bangalore (504 kms). Domestic flights like Jet Airways and Kingfisher are available for Belgaum.
Rail – Badami, the beautiful town is situated on the Hubli-Sholapur rail route which is exactly 163 kms from Bijapur and 128 kms from Hubli.
Road – Badami is connected by road to Pattadakal (22 kms), Aihole (44 kms) and Hubli (128 kms). Karnataka State Transport Corporation buses ply from Badami to different major locations of the state.
About Badami

Badami (Kannada: ?????), formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.

It is known that Badami was popularly defined as Chalukyas royal territory. However, this town has now become sluggish. It is further considered to be a part of Bagalkot district situated in Karnataka. In terms of the origination of this town, Vatapi was the proposed name for Badami. Rock cut temples, fortresses and similar structural carvings are commonly found in this town.

Chalukyas or Badami Chalukyas ruled Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during 6th and 8th centuries. In those days, Badami was their capital. The founder of state was one of the powerful Chalukya kings, Pulakeshi. In 540 A.D., he created it by outshining most of the Kings. The Brahmanical and Jain temples of 6th and 7th century are located in Badami.

In order to design these rock cut temples, elaborate interior decoration is employed. In fact, it hints the art and architecture of that era precisely. There are four cave temples in Badami, they portray the secularism, the rulers of those times. It is noticeable that they religiously believed in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. 18 inscriptions are found in Badami, major emphasis is given to some of them only. The first language of this area is Kannada. Indian cotton outfits are put on by the local people of Badami..

 
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