Being a history buff, all of my travel plans have to include at least one historical place! It may sound boring to most of you, but I absolutely love exploring history. It feels amazing to walk on the paths that were created centuries before, to feel the walls or the floor beneath and imagine how the place would have been all those years ago.
And I’m so lucky to be born in such a country that has an antiquity going way back to the prehistoric times – with Bhimbetka Cave Shelters (in Madhya Pradesh) being one of the oldest human habitations of the world!
Only last year in August, I ticked a few historical places off my bucket list! Ever since I had studied about the ruling dynasties of Karnataka and their architecture styles, I wanted to see those for myself.
So a ten day tour to Karnataka with my bestie took us around Hampi, Badami, Aihole, Pattadakal and Bijapur! All a UNESCO World Heritage Sites (except for Bijapur I think).
I had planned to write a blog on our tour and had religiously made notes during our travel and captioned photos and everything, but never got around to actually writing it (but I’m working on it..so give me a few more years and it will be done 😛 Fingers crossed!)
Anyway…sharing with you a mesmerizing photo of “Shesha Shahi Vishnu” from Badami Rock Cuts caves.
Here you can see Lord Vishnu sleeping on Shesha, the many headed serpent floating in the ocean of the changing worlds, with Bhumi Devi (Earth) seated near his head and Laxmi Devi (his consort) seated near his feet. Lord Vishnu’s vahana (vehicle or mount) Garuda (eagle) is seen standing at his feet with the Dashavataras (10 incarnations) of Lord Vishnu depicted over the sleeping lord.
Badami cave temple complex which is located in a town in the Bagalkot district in northern part of Karnataka, India, has caves belonging to three major religions of India: Hindu, Jain and possibly Buddhist. The caves which dates from the 6th century, are considered an example of Badami Chalukya architectural style of Indian rock-cut architecture. Carved out soft Sandstone, these caves and the sculptures within have naturally occurring colour Textures.
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