the earliest known examples of Hindu temples in the Deccan region

photographs by Massimo Pacifico

The Badami caves  are a complex of Hindu and Jain temples located in the town of Badami, previously known as Vataapi Badami, in the Bagalkot district in northern part of Karnataka, India. The caves are considered an example of  Chalukya architecture, which dates from the 6th century, one of the earliest in the Deccan region. They along with the temples in Aihole transformed the Malaprabha River valley into a cradle of temple architecture that influenced the components of later Hindu temples elsewhere in India.

The four caves in soft  sandstone are in the escarpment of the hill  at the south-east of the town.

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