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View from the north-west of the entrance to Cave III, Badami, Bijapur District

View from the north-west of the entrance to Cave III, Badami, Bijapur District

Photographer: Burgess, James

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1874

Shelfmark: Photo 1000/3(330)

Item number: 10003330

Genre: Photograph

Photograph of the view from the north-west of the entrance to Cave 3 in Badami, Bijapur district. Cave 3 was excavated during the reign of the early Chalukya ruler Pulakeshin I in 578. It is the finest of the caves at Badami and shows very elaborate ornamentation. The temple consists of a square sanctuary excavated into the rear wall of a large columned hall or mandapa approached through a long outer porch. The external wall is decorated with a frieze of ganas. The columns shafts are ornated with sculpted medallions containing figures and with jewel and garland motifs.

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