Temples on the hill overlooking the lake at Badami
Photographer: Cousens, Henry
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of temples, on the hill overlooking the artificial lake at Badami, taken by Henry Cousens in the 1880s. Badami, formerly known as Vatapi, was the capital of the Early Chalukya rulers in the 6th - 8th centuries and is situated in modern day Karnataka. Two picturesque hills of red sandstone separated by an artificial lake, dominate the town, both of which are topped with a later fort. Cut into the hill immediately below the south fort, there are four shrines which Badami has become famous for. On the opposite side of the town, below and around the north fort, there are a number of structural temples. At the eastern end of the lake there is the Bhutanatha temple complex. This view shows the Upper Shivalaya temple in the left foreground, dramatically placed on the hillside above the artificial lake.