BADAMI & AIHOLE…a stint with history & heritage

The cave temples of Badami, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka, India, boast of the architecture of the Chalukya Dynasty in the 6th century.Carved out of hill cliffs hued with the rouge of sandstone they are home to numerous, intricate carvings of the many avatars of Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva. If you pick a day when the crowds are scant (weekdays or maybe when the kids are slogging it out with exams in February & March!), the tranquility of River Agastya, the magnanimity of the cave temples, and the pleasant breeze that cruises through at the top of the hillock take you back to an era gone by, an era of grandeur, ancient culture & royalty.

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Aihole, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka is a small village and in it’s midst is a temple complex containing close to 125 stone temples(some experimental projects of the artisans of the Chalukyan dynasty). As we forayed amidst these stone marvels, our guide regaled us with a little story from the vast mythology of India, into the how the name “Aihole” came into being. Parasuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, was overcome with anger after his father was killed by a king and he avenged his father’s death by killing the entire Kshatriya clan.When he cleaned his axe covered with blood, the waters of the Malaprabha river turned red to which someone exclaimed, “Ayyo, Hole” roughly translating to, “Oh no! the river!”.
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