The land of Badami Chalukhyas mesmerises us to the core in Karnataka. The architectural legacies left behind by the Badami Chalukhya and Kalyani Chalukhya dynasties depicts a time of immense talent and passion for the temple architectures. The sprawling heritage complex comprises of several masterpieces that offer a lot to explore.
Among several attractions, the Bhutanatha Temples in Badami are the mesmerising marvels. Undoubtedly, they are some of the top temples in Badami.
The Bhutanatha Group of Temples comprises of two main temples. One is the shrine of Bhutanatha and another one is the Mallikarjuna Temple. So, together they are called as Bhutanatha Group of Temples and Mallikarjuna Group of Temples in Badami.
Bhutanatha Temples are located on the banks of Agastya Lake which acts as an additional feature.
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History of Bhutanatha Temples in Badami
Interestingly, here we can see the two temples belonging to two different kingdoms. Yes, the main Bhutanatha Temple is a masterpiece of Badami Chalukhyas whereas the Mallikarjuna Temple belongs to Kalyani Chalukhyas.
Bhutanatha Temple depicts the early South Indian or North Indian style of temple architecture. The Mallikarjuna Temple showcases a more developed design of temple framework.
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Infact, the outer wall of the Bhutanatha Temple is said to be completed by Kalyani Chalukhyas. Hence, we can see a 7th century architecture and a11th century construction at one site.
Bhutanatha Temple Complex
The Bhutanatha Temple Complex almost extends to Agastya Lake. Lord Shiva along with his mount Nandi can be seen inside the temple. However, it is said to be dedicated to some other God before the advent of Shaivism. Curiously, Jain sculptures can be found at the base of the temple Shikara (gopura-temple tower). So, there has been speculation regarding the original deity of this shrine.
Mallikarjuna Group of Temples
The Mallikarjuna Group of Temples is situated just behind the Bhutanatha Temple and this shrine is also dedicated to Lord Shiva. The pyramidal type of Shikaras (super structures), open mantapas and plain walls depict the features of Kalyani Chalukhyas.
Visitors need more than one day to explore the heritage of Badami. Each building has something unique and interesting to explore. The Bhutanatha Temples are one of the most interesting shrines in Badami.
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How to Reach Badami
Badami is around 100km from Dharwad. It can be covered on a heritage circuit of Badami and Aihole in Karnataka.
It is not just the historical places but the lush green landscapes of Badami makes it worthwhile to visit. Visit during October to February as it is the best time to visit Badami.