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iXiGOers Apr 02 2013

What is the history behind monuments at Badami?

Purnendu Singh Apr 03 2013
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Built between 600 AD to 700 AD, the Badami Cave Temples are a classic example of the Chalukya Architecture. The architecture is a blend of the North Indian and the Dravidian Styles and is striking in its richness and intricity. The caves are similar in architecture with a garbhagriha, mandapa and a veranda supported by exquisitly carved pillars.

Read more about my experience of Badami Cave Temples here

Anannya Deb Sep 27 2013
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Badami and its neighbouring places of Pattadakal and Aihole host probably the earliest structural temples in Indian history. The concept of Temple Art and Architecture as practiced in India is believed to have evolved from the Chalukyan style and the structures at these three places are considered to be like prototypes. If you go to Khajuraho, Kanchi, Konark, etc., you will see many similarities in the layouts, the structural columns, the craftwork, the scale, etc. A real heritage.

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Badami is once a capital of Chalukyan dynasty and know as Vatapi during that time. Badami is a place which is full of cave temples, entryways, fortresses, dedications and carvings. The Chalukyas who had ruled Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh during 6th and 8th centuries had Badami as their capital. The greatest among the Chalukyas was Pulakeshi II who ruled between 610-642 AD. Mangalesha (598 - 610 AD) brother of Kiritavarman-I completed the construction of the cave temples & endowed the temples with the village on the occasion of the installation of the image of Vishnu. The Pallava later captured and destroyed Badami to avenge their defeat Badami. Badami is the site of the 6th-7th century Brahmanical and Jain cave temples. The temples are cut out of solid rock with elaborate interior decorations that speak volumes of art and architecture of that period. There are 4 cave temples connected with each other with a flight of stairs. For more information about badami visit: http://www.mytraveltales.in/2013/02/trip-to-badami.html

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