Famous Temples in India


Badami, Karnataka, India



Cave 1 : Lord Shiva is 18 armed dancing Nataraja. Here Shiva is along with Kartikeya.
Cave 2 : Lord Vishn is in the form of Varaha saving Mother Earth and Vamana, Vishnu’s 5th avatar. Vishnu along with Bhudevi. All dieties are artificial in the caves.
Cave 3 : Half Vishnu and half Shiva, Vishnu sitting on Adi-sheshanag.
Cave 4 : Tirthankaras of Jainism. There is a figure of Lord Mahavira siting on a lion throne and surrounded by attendants.

Interesting Facts

  • Agastya Lake, Hand made artifacts and rugs from Badami.
  • Sandalwood and rosewood sculptures as well as traditional jewellery.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (37°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (27°C during day and 18°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.


Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Badami Bus station
1.1 KM 08049596666
Badami railway station
5.3 KM 139
Belgaum Airport
129 KM 0831-2562986


Badami derived its name from the legend of Batapi, the demon who was devoured by Agastya the sage and also this almond-coloured rock is believed to give Badami its present name. The Chalukyas probably chose this site for the relative ease of carving that sandstone offered. Sanctums all are cut deep inside the caves.

CAVE 1 - The image of Ganesh and Nandi bull are created on wall. One wall of the cave has the image of Goddess Durga who is killing Mahishasura. The images of Lord Kartikeya, Goddesses Lakshmi and Parvati can also be seen on the walls. Along with these, images of Harihara and Ardhanarishwara are also there. Harihara is the image of half Shiva and half Vishnu and its height is 2.36 meters. Ardhanarishwara is the combined image of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The images of all the gods and goddesses have been decorated with birds and animals surrounding them. The Hindu god Brahma is seen in one of the murals; the wedding of Shiva and Parvati, attended by various Hindu deities. At the entrance, there is a veranda having four pillars.

CAVE 2 - Avatars of Lord vishnu and texts from the Puranas can also be found in the cave walls. The hall has eight pillars in square shape and are arranged in two rows. The cave was built in Deccan style between 6th and 7th century.

CAVE 3 -There are many images in the cave walls which include Trivikrama, Anantasayana, Paravasudeva, Bhuvaraha, Harihara and Narsimha. The veranda is separated from a hall by four carved pillars. There are six pillars that support the cave and each measures 0.23 meter square. The cave also has columns, pilaster, and brackets and each bracket is carved with male and female mythological human figures.

CAVE 4 - The walls have the figure of Parshvanath and the height of the figure is 2.3 meters. The head of the deity is decorated with a cobra having many heads. Images of Indrabhuti Gautama and Bahubali are also present there. The construction of cave one and cave two has north Deccan style while cave three has the styles of Nagara and Dravida. There is a hall after crossing the veranda having four pillars out of which two are standalone and two are joined.

CAVE 5 - Natural cave which is very small with no pillars.

Religious Significance

High above the agasthya lake there are towering cliffs of comparatively soft sandstone. Royal shrines were made in these cliffs with grand view opening over the former capital city. Badami is also known as Vatapi because the devil Vatapi was killed by sage Agastya in this area. Legend has it that Badami was earlier named Vatapi, after a demon, who reigned terror in the region. It is said that Vatapi along with his brother Ilvala would invite the victim for a meal with Vatapi taking the form of a goat, which would be cooked and eaten. Once inside, Vatapi would regenerate inside the stomach of the person, tearing himself out within a short while and killing the victim. Sage Agastya, who was known for his powers of digestion, when invited for such a meal, digested the cooked demon saying 'vatapi jeerno bhava', giving him no time to restore himself and thus the demon was killed. Over time, the town of Vatapi was renamed Badami, inspired by the colour of its surrounding sandstone hills.


This Cave was built in 6th century. The four cave temples of Badami were built by the son of Pulakesi-I, Kirthivarman (ruled in 567 – 598 AD) and his brother Mangalesha-I (ruled in 598 – 610 AD). Chalukyas are contributed for this temple.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 09:00 AM - 05:30 PM

Darshanam Details

Darshanam Price Estimated Time Entrance From
Indian tourists 10.00
Foreign tourists 100.00



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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