Badami: Malegitti Shivalaya

Malegitti Shivalaya in Badami, Karnataka, India

Malegitti Shivalaya in Badami

Malegitti Shivalaya
Built on the red sandstone cliffs located north of Agastya Lake in Badami, the Malegitti Shivalaya is a Dravida style temple built by the Early Chalukyas.

According to the information on an ASI (Archeological Survey of India) plaque, the temple is dated to the late 7th century CE and was likely dedicated to Surya, the sun god. The original idol in the garbhagriha (inner sanctum) is missing. However, there is a relief depicting Surya riding seven horses on the lintel of the door leading to the garbhagriha. Check the Surya, the Sun God page to read about the Surya shrine in the Hoysalesvara Temple complex in Halebidu, Karnataka, India.

Embedded into the outer wall are the jālandharas (perforated stone windows) and devakoshtas (niches), two of the unique features of the southern Dravida style architecture. The Durga Temple in Aihole, also built by the Chalukyas, has similar architectural elements embedded into its inner wall. The richly decorated shikhara (tower) of this temple is also unique in that it is octagonal.

It is not clear how the temple got its name. In Kannada, mālé means garland and mālegitti means a lady garland maker. It became a Shivalaya (a shrine for Shiva) after a Shivalinga was installed in its garbhagirha (inner sanctum) years later.

Related Images
Lower Shivalaya – Located just below Upper Shivalaya and to the east of Malegitti Shivalaya
Upper Shivalaya
Yellamma Temple – Located on the west side of the Agastya Lake
Bhuthanatha Temple – Located on the eastern shore of the Agastya Lake
Agatsya Lake – A view from the Badami Caves

Related Pages
Badami
Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4
Durga Temple at Aihole

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