Built by the later Chalukyas in the 11th century CE, this small but beautiful temple is on an ancient dam on the western end of the Agastya Lake in Badami, Karnataka, India. This picture was taken from Cave – 2 of the Badami caves, a cluster of four caves carved out of southern red sandstone hills.
The Agastya Lake page shows a distant view of the Yellamma Temple and its location with respect to the lake.
As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Yellamma, a popular goddess worshiped in parts of Karnataka and Telangana. Yellamma is a local name for Renuka, the wife of Rishi Jamadagni and the mother of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu.
As you can see from the image, the temple has a beautiful shikara (tower) above its garbhagriha (inner sanctum) and a mantapa (covered hall) in front of it. The architecture of this temple is a fusion of Nagara style of North India with the Mantapa style of South India (i.e., Dravida architecture).
– Lower Shivalaya – Located just below the Upper Shivalaya and to the east of Malegitti Shivalaya
– Bhuthanatha Temple – Located on the eastern shore of the Agastya Lake
– Agatsya Lake – A view from the Badami Caves
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