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Upper Shivalaya Temple


Badami is found in Bagalkot area of Karnataka, India. It was the great capital of the Badami Chalukyas known as "vatapi" then, from 540 to 757 AD. It is well known for rock cut design and other basic sanctuaries. It is situated in a gorge at the foot of a tough, red sandstone outcrop that encompasses Agastya lake. Badami is encompassed in the north and south by strong holds worked in later times, from the defences that crown their summits.

About The Temple

Upper Shivalaya Temple is located on the tip of a characteristic crevasse. Worked by Pulakeshi II who was a passionate devotee of Lord Vishnu, it is topped by a Dravidian pyramidal tower. The external dividers of the sanctuary make a rectangle containing a haven with a path on three sides, opens into a segmented mandapa on the east, missing all its inward segments. The dividers are based on a storm cellar with a focal recessed course containing foliate decoration and account scenes. On the south face, Ramayana scenes are envisioned, such as, waking of Kumbhakarna, Rama battling with backwoods foes. Boards on the west face portray the birth and adolescence of master Krishna, including Krishna sucking Putana's bosoms. In spite of the fact that there are no accounts seen on the north. The dividers above have restricted projections by pilasters conveyed up into the parapet, four on the south and three on the west.
The focal pilastered projections have boards portraying Krishna lifting Mount Govardhana (south),Narasimha gutting his casualty (north), and so on. These bolster small scale roof and kudus, the last barging in the kapota overhang. The square tower over the asylum has pilastered dividers. It is delegated by a substantial kuta, without finial, the most punctual and best protected case of this kind of Dravida styled rooftop in Early Chalukya engineering.



The nearest Airport is at Hubli. International Airport is at Bangalore.


Badami is the nearest railway station.


Badami is well connected by KSRTC buses from all over Karnataka and it can be reached by road easily.

Temple Address

Upper Shivalaya Temple,
Badami, Bagalkot district,
Karnataka, India, Pincode – 587201.


Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-

  • Salvation
  • Wealth
  • Relief from diseases
  • Purchase of vehicles
  • Gain Knowledge

Kailaasarana Shiva Chandramouli Phaneendra Maathaa Mukutee Zalaalee Kaarunya Sindhu Bhava Dukha Haaree Thujaveena Shambho Maja Kona Taaree

Meaning -Oh Lord Shiva who is seated on Mount Kailash, where the moon decorates his forehead and the king of serpents crown his head, who is merciful and removes delusion, You alone can protect me. I surrender to thee.

Aum Trayambakam Yajaamahey Sugandhim Pusti Vardhanam Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaath Mrutyor Muksheeya Maamritaat

Meaning -We worship the fragrant Lord Shiva, who has 3 eyes and who cultivates all beings. May He free me from death, for immortality, as even a cucumber is separated from its bond with the vine.


The temple is open from 05:00 am to 7:00 pm.

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