Badami ( Karnataka, South Indian State )
Badami is situated picturesquely at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills and a beautiful expansive tank. Badami has exquisite cave temples belonging to the golden period of the Chalukya rule. There are four cave temples- all hewn out of sand stone on the precipice of a hill. The first cave temple has an exquisite carving of Lord Nataraja embodying 81 poses. The third cave is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and is the largest and the most ornamental. The fresco paintings in the cave resemble those of Ajanta. Overlooking the cave temples is a large tank around which temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The Bhutanatha Temples are nearby.
BANASHANKARI: Very near Badami is the ancient temple of Banashankari, popularly known as Shakambhari, the tutelary deity of the Chalukyan rulers. The old temple is in Dravidian style said to have been built in the 9th century by the Rashtrakutas. In the shrine, the Devi is seated on a lion and she is represented as Goddess Durga with trident, sword and noose. In front of the temple is a three storeyed Deepastambha on the side of a pond called as Harishchandra Tirtha. Situated in a picturesque natural setting, the annual festival attracts thousands of devotees and pilgrims.