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“Chalukyan architecture” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bhuthanatha Temple

Bhuthanatha Temple
Bagalkot District | Nr. Agastya Theertha Tank, Badami 587201, India
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Ranked #3 of 9 things to do in Badami
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Guwahati, India
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“Chalukyan architecture”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

The most photographed monument of Badami, located on the banks of Agastya Lake. It is a beautifully sculpted temple with Chalukyan architecture features and also has smaller temples within its premises. It appears remarkably beautiful at sunset!

Visited October 2013
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“Simply Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Once you have endured the below par Badami Caves, set off on foot around the reservoir or tank as they like to call it and head towards the far end where a very picturesque temple awakes your senses. Not original but lovingly restored and sublime.

Visited February 2014
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“Notes from my trip - Bhuthnatha temple - Quiet , Breathtaking view - Not to be missed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

The Bhuthnatha temple is located on the opposide side of Badami caves right next to the Badami ASI museum.

The easiest comfortable approach to the place is by Auto from Badami caves(there is no auto stand there, I had hired one retained for Badami sight seeing). The auto takes 5 minutes and takes you through inroads to reach the ASI museum in 5 minutes max.


There are 2 temples. The one right next to ASI museum is called upper Bhuthnatha but is actually Mallikarjuna group of temples. The lawns surrounding this are really beautiful. If the temple doors are locked, check out if there is someone around, usually the caretaker would be around with the keys and he will show you around.

It will take you around of 30-45 minutes to cover the museum and these 2 temples

Other than the main sanctum sanctorum, footwear was allowed - though ideally Footwear should not be allowed inside a temple !!

Then walking around along the steps of the Agastiya lake you can reach Bhuthnatha temple in 3-4 minutes. There too the temple shrines might be locked but the caretaker was there and I asked him to open up and show all the shrines. There are mainly 2 shrines here. One is where Bhuthnatha in the form of a Shiva sitting posture is in a small shrine as soon as you enter the complex behind the main temple. Inside this there is a remarkable aspect which I obseved. Usually in South Indian temples, the prahara walls of the sanctum sanctorum have niches for dieties on 4 sides. Here it was quite the opposite - The walls opposite to prahara on the South and North had dieties and that too at floor level. There is a Ganesh and it looked like the Vatapi Ganapathy without the Pot belly. Also there is a Mahishasura mardini on the South side. On the north side there is a small statue of Varaha. The prahara is narrow and dark so better carry a Good Torch to see it. The original sanctum sanctorum image has been replaced with a Linga. The outer mantapa has beautiful circular shaped Pillars instead of the Square shaped ones.

There is a small path behind this temple which leads you to a Jain shrine on a hillock. Even if you dont go to the hillock just follow the path and you will see fantastic carvings on stone boulders - Dashavatara and further down a small cave inside which Vishnu is in the typical reclining posture (the only one which I encountered in badami , Aihole and Pattadakal). In all other places Vishnu is seen only in a standing posture. This looks to me like the Dravidian influence over the Rekha nagara style.
I am posting here the photos for Mallikarjuna temple(Upper Bhuthnatha) , Lower Bhuthnatha, Rock carvings behind Lower Bhuthnatha
https://plus.google.com/photos/110755715176541041885/albums/5985456419811746385?authkey=CK_6y-Wly53KjwE

Dont miss this temple.!!

Visited February 2014
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“Beautiful Lakeside Temple”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

Well worth visiting in the late afternoon when the tranquility of its setting enhances the attractions of this fine temple

Visited February 2014
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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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“small set of temples around the lake,”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

Not much in terms of architecture or activity, but the ambiance with the lake was beautiful when we were there. Much less crowd, which allows one to sit around for sometime also sit next to the lake, if only they village women were not washing out their clothes at all times.

As usual with Badami one needs to be careful about monkeys here too.

Visited December 2013
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