Badami Cave -2: Ground plan

Ground plan of Cave - 2 located at Badami in Karnataka, India

Ground plan of Cave – 2

Ground plan of Cave – 2
Note: The diagram of the ground plan is extracted from the ASI (Archaeological Survey of India) document on display at the Archaeological Museum located near the Badami cave temples.

Cave-2 is comparable in size and similar in design to Cave – 1, but unlike Cave – 1, it is dedicated to Vishnu. Just like in Cave – 1, it has a garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) in the back, sabhamantapa (main hall) in the middle, and an open mukhamantapa (porch) in front.

The theme of the sculptural reliefs in Cave-2 is legends related to Vishnu. The stories of two of his avatars – Varahavatara and Vamanavatara – are carved on the sidewalls of the mukhamantapa.

The ceiling of the mukhamantapa has some eye-catching carvings of geometrical patterns. At the middle of the mukhamantapa ceiling is the Matsya Yantra, a wheel with hub-and-spoke design. Flanking the Matsya Yantra relief on either side are two maze-like patterns comprising of swastikas.

Cave – 2 Related Images
Facade and Entrance
Mukhamantapa left wall: Varahavatara
Mukhamantapa right wall: Vamanavatara
Mukhamantapa Ceiling: Matsya Chakra, Swastika Maze

Related Pages
Badami Cave – 1, Badami Cave – 2, Badami Cave – 3, Badami Cave – 4

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