Badami Overview

Weather: 28 °C, Wind W at 13 km/h, 72% Humidity

Ideal Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest Airport: Hubli airport

Nearest Railway: Badami Railway Station

Best Time to Visit: Pre-Monsoon

Quick Facts


Badami formerly referred to as Vatapi, is located in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. it has been the capital of the Badami Chalukyas from AD 540 to 757. It's very famous for its rock-cut structural temples. it's located with steep sides at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop which is surrounded by Agastya lake. Badami has been selected as one of the heritage cities for the HRIDAY - Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana scheme of the government of India.

The Puranas states that the wicked asura Vatapi was killed by sage Agastya, which refers to the present area as Vatapi and Agastya Tirtha. within the Ramayana, Agastya & Lopamudra are narrated as living in the Dandaka forest, on the southern slopes of Vindhya mountains. Lord Rama praises Agastya as the one the superior human who can do anything which gods cannot imagine. He's showcased as the sage who used his Dharma powers to kill demons.

Badami has eighteen historical inscriptions. Badami has the 1st Sanskrit inscription that is in old Kannada script found on a hillock that dates back to 543 CE, from the period of King Pulakeshin I (Vallabheswara) & it has the 2nd inscription on the 578 CE cave of Mangalesha in the Kannada language. The 3rd important record is the Kappe Arabhatta records, the earliest Kannada poetry in tripadi (three-line) meter. One inscription near the Bhuthanatha temple also has inscriptions dating back to the 12th century in Jain rock-cut temple dedicated to the Tirthankara Adinatha.

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