India Virtual Reality Tours
360° virtual reality photos will take you to Forts, Palaces and Exotic Places.
Also into simple villages where animals are still being used to draw water from old wells.
How it Works:
Open up one of the VR Photos to start your tour. Use your
mouse click and drag the photo in any direction and the mouse wheel to zoom in and out.
You will see some hotspots (red dots) (green dots) the red
ones will take you to that location, green ones open close-up photos.
At the bottom of the VR Photo is a control bar with buttons,
the buttons will give you more control.
It is recommended that you click on the
full screen button, and switch to high quality for the best views.
360° Virtual Reality Tours
Explore Badami in 360° Virtual Reality where the views almost come alive as you rotate 360°
around viewing in any direction, and zooming in for closer details.
Here you can travel around the famous red sandstone cave temples, through the town,
around the lake and up to the old fort.
Badami Cave Temples.
The Badami Cave Temples are composed of four caves, all carved out of the soft Badami sandstone
on a hill cliff in the late 6th century. The four caves are simple in style. The entrance is a
verandah with stone columns and brackets, a distinctive feature of these caves, leading to a
columned mantapa and then to the small square shrine cut deep into the cave.
The temple caves represent different religious sects. Among them, two are dedicated to Lord Vishnu,
one to Lord Shiva and the fourth is a Jain temple. The first three are devoted to the Vedic faith
and the fourth cave is the only Jain temple at Badami.
Perched on hill top about 2 km. from the town, the fort encompasses large granary, an underground chamber
which must have served as a treasury or private audience hall, double fortification walls and many other
architectural marvels. The fort also houses a carved temple raised on top of the northern end of the hill.
Malegitti Shivalaya - one of the oldest temples in the region is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
The temple is constructed out of stone on a summit of a rocky hill.
The 5th century Agastya-Tirtha Lake located beneath the cave temples is considered holy due to the
healing powers of its water. The eastern banks of the Agasthya-Tirtha Tank are dotted with a cluster
of Bhoothanatha temples. This tank, situated adjacent to the temple, is highly sacred. According to puranas,
Sri Swamivari Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of God in Vaikunta, and is a beloved of Lakshmidevi and Bhoodevi.
It is the birth place of Ganga (Ganges), Yamuna and other sacred rivers.
One of the interesting things in this museum is a model of the natural bridge of Sidilinapadi,
which is located some 5 km from Badami. Another interesting exhibit is the images of Lajja-Gauria
fertility cult that was widely practised in this region during Chalukyan times. The museum is also
situated near the Agastyatirtha Tank.
Bhoothanatha and Malegitti Temples.
The Bhoothanatha temple houses an 18-armed Shiva, Ganesh, Mahishamardini Durga,
Varaha and Nrisingha incarnations of Vishnu. The pillared hallway is ornamented with
exquisite artwork. The Malegitti Visalia Temple (late 7th century) is another major attraction of Badami.
Badami is a very small town and easy to get around by walking the
sandstone paths up to the fort and temples.
Badami also makes for a nice base when checking out Pattadakal, Aihole, and the tiny temple villages of
Banashankari and Mahakoota.