Badami, in its present day state of ruins, is now a far cry from its wonderful days of glory, when it took pride as the capital of the mighty Chalukya Empire. The Chalukya kings transported their capital to Badami from Aihole between 6th and 8th century AD, with Pattadakal being the satellite capital. The emergence of Badami as a power seat gave way to the construction of several temples, especially a group of incredible rock-cut cave temples, which attracts thousands of visitors to the village these days.
From the period between 540 AD and 757 AD, Badami was the capital of a vast kingdom spanning Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu through the Narmada River in Gujarat. It was then occupied by the Rashtrakutas. The hands controlling the reins of Badami kept changing, with each dynasty structurally shaping the Badami in their own unique way. Chalukya craftsmen left some of the earliest and finest works of Dravidian temples and rock-cut caves as their sculptural legacy. During Badami’s heydays, Aihole and Pattadakal were the inspirational hubs of new temple architecture. Pattadakal is now a World Heritage Site.