1522-Badami Caves – India

The Badami cave temples are a complex of four Hindu, a Jain and possibly Buddhist cave temples located in Badami, a town in the Bagalkot district in northern part of Karnataka. The caves are considered an example of Indian rock-cut architecture, especially Badami Chalukya architecture, which dates from the 6th century. Badami was previously known as Vataapi Badami, the capital of the early Chalukya dynasty, which ruled much of Karnataka from the 6th to the 8th century. Badami is situated on the west bank of a man made lake ringed by an earthen wall with stone steps; it is surrounded on the north and south by forts built in later times.

The Badami cave temples represent some of the earliest known examples of Hindu temples 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 (stolen from the web).

Hiking up the village road towards the caves through an area where cows, pigs,
and monkeys are on all sides of the road.

Running free in the village.

Janine’s Shiva appearing as the god of dance.

Scott’s version of the god of dance.

One of the caves.

Village and lake down below.

School children at every at every historical monument – they were on a holiday.

This monkey eventually jumped on this woman’s face attempting to steal her necklace.
You should have heard her screaming as she attempted to pull the monkey off her face.