We became aware of Badami caves thanks to the movie 'Guru' starring Abhishek and Aishwarya Bachchan. These are among the earliest examples of Hindu religious architecture. There are four caves in all, carved into the hill side - one Shaivaite, two Vaishnavas, and one Jain. The quality of carving is excellent. I particularly liked the 18 armed Nataraja in the first cave. This carving summarizes 81 arm positions for Bharata Natyam - one of the four classical dances of India. Both arms have 9 positions each, giving 81 combinations in all.
The climb to the caves can be a little demanding for a sexagenarian like me. One also has to be mindful of the monkeys - better not carry any bags as they are sure to be snatched away by our simian ancestors! One of them snatched a water bottle out of my hands.
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