Badami is situated in North Karnataka and was once the capital of the Chalukya Empire of south India. The town is famous for its magnificent carved cave temples, museums and artificial lakes. The Cave Temples of Badami constitute four caves. In the latter part of the 6th century, these caves were carved out of the soft Deccan sandstone. The four caves are quite simple in their styles. There are thousands of tourists from each and every corner of the world and from all over India who come and visit the beautiful and historical Cave Temples in Badami in India.
The Cave Temples, Karnataka are extremely old and date back to six hundred and seven hundred CE. The architecture uses an intermingling of 2 distinct styles - North Indian Nagara and South Indian Dravidian.
The entrance to the caves is a simple veranda with stone columns and brackets. The entrance is a distinctive feature of these caves and it leads to a columned mandapa and then to the small square shrine (sanctum sanctorum ) cut deep into the cave. The Cave Temples Badami represent different religious sects. Among these temple caves, two are dedicated and devoted to Lord Vishnu, one is dedicated to Lord Shiva and the remaining fourth one is a Jain Temple. The first three Cave Temples in Badami in India are devoted and dedicated to the Vedic faith and the fourth cave is the only Jain Temple at the picturesque town of Badami.
Each cave possesses a sanctum sanctorum, a verandah, a mandapa and pillars. The Cave Temples also bear and portray extremely beautiful, dainty and exquisite sculptures, carvings and awesome wall paintings.