Badami was the erstwhile capital of the Chalukya Empire of south India. The town is situated in North Karnataka and is well known for its magnificent carved cave temples, artificial lake, museums and rock-cut into a crag. Famous four cave temples- the main attractions of the town are carved out of sandstone on the cliff of a hill. There are also number of temples dotted on the bank of reservoir dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva. and Mahavir Swami. The Chalukyas are to be credited for creating a new architectural style that can easily be visible in these temple architecture and sculptures of god and goddess. There is an Archaeological Museum constructed by the archaeological survey of India, that showcases sculptures, including the Lajja-Gauri images of fertility cult, which flourished in the era.
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