Named after Rishi Agastya, one of the Saptarishis (seven great sages), Agastya Lake is a man-made body of water that lies between the southern and northern red sandstone hills of Badami in Karnataka, India. It was commissioned most-likey by the Early Chalukyas and created by building a dam on its west side.
The magnificent Badami caves located on the southwest side of the lake. This picture was taken from a vantage point near Cave – 2 of the Badami Caves. As you can see from the image, the ancient dam is on the left side, and built on top of the dam is the Yellamma Temple, an 11th century temple built by the later Chalukyas.
The red sandstone cliffs located north of the lake are home to ancient temples built mostly by Chalukyas. The temple at the top of the hill is called the Upper Shivalaya, and the small temple at the extreme left is called the Lower Shivalaya. Both the temples are dedicated to Shiva and built by the early Chalukyas in the 6th century CE.
When Tippu Sultan of Mysore took over Badami in the 18th century, he built a fort, known as the North Badami Fort, on the ruins of structures built by the Early Chalukyas on this hill. If you expand the image, the walls of this fort are visible. There is also another fort atop the southern hills, i.e., above the Badami Caves, originally built by the Chalukyas but later rebuilt and expanded by Tippu in the 18th century.
On the west side of the lake, the temple on the dam is called the Yellamma Temple which was built by the later Chalukya rulers in the 11th century CE.
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