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Badami temples are the most amazing history of Indian culture, Art and Heritage in Karnataka, India

A small cave rock carving of Anantashayana Vishnu
A small cave rock carving of Anantashayana Vishnu

A mesmerizing example of Indian rock-cut architecture, the Badami caves remind us of India’s rich history of blending art with world’s oldest religion and spirituality. To feel the peace that comes with spirituality also wishing to explore India’s ancient cultural heritage, you must visit the Badami caves, the reconstruction of the spiritual aspect of the Badami Caves which contain numerous sculptures of Hindu deities like Nataraja and his spouse Parvati along with Ganesha, the God of fortune and prosperity.

After successfully executing the Ajanta HC project Mr. Vedan Choolun, the Founder of UITV aims to preserve the eternal spirit of the Badami Caves in association with Sapio Analytics, capturing the archaeological masterpieces in a digitized virtual museum which endeavours to promote India’srich culture, Art, and Heritage to the people of Indian origin living around the world and to the world community about the beauty and greatness of Indian civilisation.

The Badami Chalukya architectural style that is thereon the walls of the caves is regarded as one of the most innovative methods of construction. These 6th century caves are located in Bagalkote, a district in Karnataka. In the North and south directions of these caves lie multiple forts built up by later rulers of the Chalukya dynasty and by other rulers of the region. A circular lake known as the Agastya Lake lies on the side of these caves, whose banks are made of an earthen wall set with stone steps.

Vishnu image inside cave number 3 in Badami
Vishnu image inside cave number 3 in Badami

The temples that lie within these caves, the entire valley of the alluring Malaprabha river has been converted into an inspiration of Hindu architectural styles utilized for making temples. There are multiple caves lying dispersed throughout the area, making it a memorable sight for visitors. The first four caves are situated on the steep slope of the surrounding hills, while many new caves lie around the lake.

Most of the caves mark symbolic representation of Hindu divinity, including rock carvings of Lord Shiva in the raging Tandava posture. Mythological stories dealingVishnu and other Hindu deities also find a place at these caves. Some of the recently discovered caves are thought to be dedicated to the propagation of Buddhism and Jainism. However, Hindu carvings remain an eminent sight in the first four and many other caves of the region.

Badami caves have countless temples numbered according to the chronological order of their formation. The construction of the primary four cave temples can be featured to the kings of the Chalukya dynasty. Geographical rags of evidence suggest that the caves were formed around the 6th century. Accurate dates of formation, however, are not known for any of the caves except caves that constitute various inscriptions carved on the walls. One of these inscriptions in cave three highlights the construction and dedication of the cave temple to Lord Vishnu by king named Manglesha.

Bahubali in Jain Cave 4
Bahubali in Jain Cave 4

The soft Badami sandstone build confers the caves a mesmerizing reddish-brown hue. Every cave has a definite architectural plan for their temples. Various teams of photographers excelling in capturing high resolution photographs, archaeological surveyors and restoration artists, engineers etc. have joined together to prepare striking ultra-modern ‘digital images’ of the ancient outstanding art by using highly integrated technology.

A new global platform called Ajantahc is now available to the global online community to view the beauty of Indian culture, Art, and Heritage. Both UITV’s Chairman Vedan Choolun and Sapio Analytics’ s CEO Ashwin Srivastav are making these wonders of Indian civilisation available to the world.

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