Around Badami – Pattadakal

Pattadakal is a small village in Karnataka, India. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, located about 22 kms from Badami. It has a collection of ten temples from the 8th century, built by the Chalukya dynasty.

The temple complex

Galganath Temple

Virupaksha Temple

Intricate carvings

Puja in one of the temples

Badami – I

Badami (quoting Wikipedia), formerly known as Vatapi, is located 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.

In my own words, Badami is a must visit. It has some amazing ruins, and there are places around Badami that are worth a visit too. The drive from Hyderabad to Badami lies along NH 218, which does not have much traffic and the 500 kms can be covered quite easily 🙂

Posting first some snaps of what I saw in Badami itself. The key thing to see in badami are the temples in the form of rock cut caves. There’s a sequence of 4 temples, each devoted to a different deity.

Near the entrance to the cave devoted to Lord Shiva

Beautiful carvings on the ceiling

Inside the cave devoted to Lord Vaishnava

A large cave along the way

An eerie looking room inside one of the caves

Inside cave devoted to Lord Vaishnava

Lot of monkeys at the place!!

View of one side of Badami

Trip to Warangal – II

Looking at the monuments in Warangal does leave one wondering about the tremendous patience those workers must have had back then to carve out such intricate forms in stone! Here are some examples of what you see in the ruins of Warangal Fort –

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Hampi Assorted

I have some more pictures of Temples, but I can’t seem to remember the name 🙂 Even so, posting them here (This may have been Varaha Temple, but I’m just guessing here). Hampi is a wonderful place and I would definitely like to go back there sometime.

Also posting photographs from the Zanana, which housed the women’s quarters (for all the king’s wives and her lady companions)

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Inside Lotus Mahal

Inside Lotus Mahal, Zanana

Elephant Stables

Elephant Stables

Lotus Mahal

Lotus Mahal

Elephant Stables

Elephant Stables