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Badami Rulers

Badami is today famous for its cave temples and Hindu sculptures. Badami was the capital of western Chalukyans. It is a prehistoric site and was also known as Badavi and Vatapi. Here is a brief look at the Hindu and Mulsim rulers of Badami.

Ptolemy had referred to Badami as Badiamaioi.

Badami was an important center for Chalukyas starting from 5th century. The fort of Badami was built by Chalukya Pulakeshi I in 543 CE.

The Badami caves were excavated between the 6th and 8th century CE.

The Jambulinga Temple was built in 699 CE.

After the Chalukyas, Badami was  ruled by

Pallavas (8th century)


Later Chalukyas and

Vijayanagara Kings

This marks the end of the Hindu rulers for a long period.

Badami was then ruled by

Adil Shahis

Svanaur Nawabs

They were overpowered by Hindu Marathas.

Then under the British Rule it was included in the Bombay Presidency.

After the reorganization of states in India, it became a part of Karnataka State.