Badami: Agastya Lake – Yellamma Temple on the west side

Yellamma Temple on the west side of the Agastya Lake in Badami, Karnataka, India

Yellamma Temple on the west side of the Agastya Lake

Yellamma Temple on the west side of the Agastya Lake
The image shows a view of the Yellamma Temple built on top of the dam on the west side the Agastya Lake in Badami, Karnataka. The picture was taken from Cave – 2 of the Badami Caves located on the southern red sandstone hills.

As the name suggests, the temple is dedicated to Yellamma, a popular goddess worshiped in parts of Karnataka and Telangana. Yellamma is a local name for Renuka, the wife of Rishi Jamadagni and the mother of Parashurama, the sixth avatar of Vishnu. The temple was built by the later Chalukyas in the 11th century CE.

As you can see from the image, the temple has a beautiful shikara (tower) above its garbhagriha (inner sanctum) and a mantapa (hall) in front of it. The architecture of this temple is a fusion of Nagara style of North India with the Mantapa style of South India (i.e., Dravida architecture).

Related Images
Lower Shivalaya – Located just below Upper Shivalaya and to the east of Malegitti Shivalaya
Upper Shivalaya
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

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