Badami Cave – 3: Entrance to the garbhagriha (inner sanctum)

Entrance to the garbhagriha of Cave -3, the third of the rock-cut temples of Badami in Karnataka, India

Entrance to the garbhagriha

Entrance to the garbhagriha
The garbhagriha is a small chamber carved out of the stone at the back of the cave temple. Only the pedestal of the main idol remains. It is believed that a statue of Maha Vishnu once stood on this pedestal.

As you can see, an elegantly-carved staircase at the center leads to the garbhagriha, which is at a higher level than the subhamantapa. The figures carved on the wall on either side of staircase are the dwarapalas (a.k.a. dwarapalakas), Jaya and Vijaya, of Vishnu. Surrounding the door to the garbhagriha are multiple layers of exquisite artwork on stone.

Cave – 3 is the third of the rock-cut caves of Badami in Karnataka, India.

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