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Sculpture of eighteen-armed Shiva in Cave I, Badami, Bijapurm District

Sculpture of eighteen-armed Shiva in Cave I, Badami, Bijapurm District

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/3(326)

Item number: 10003326

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the sculpture of eighteen-armed Shiva in Cave 1 at Badami, taken by James Burgess in 1874. Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, was the capital of the early Chalukya rulers in the 6th - 8th centuries. The town is situated between two rocky hills of red sandstone that surround an artificial lake. There are two later forts that overlook the town. Around the south fort there are four rock-cut shrines while structural temples dominate the site on the opposite north fort. At the eastern end of the lake there is the Bhutanatha temple complex. Cave 1 is the earliest of the rock cut caves of Badami and belongs to the late 6th century. Outside the porch that precedes the hall in front of the sanctuary there is a small shrine with large sculptural panels representing different divinities and there is a vigorous representation of eighteen-armed dancing Shiva carved on the rock.

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