Nagarjuna, who was shooting for his socio-fantasy film Damarukam at Badami, Karnataka, says that he is impressed by the ancient temples and their architecture. After the shooting schedule is completed, the actor along with his wife Amala, took a day off visiting all the temples in Badami.
The actor says that the architecture and art on the temples there are beautiful, but some of them are in a dilapidated condition. He says that we should take care of these old structures as they are the only testimony of our history.
Badami formerly known as Vatapi, is a town and headquarters of a taluk by the same name, in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka. It was the regal capital of the Badami Chalukyas from 540 to 757 AD.. It is famous for rock cut and other structural temples. It is located in a ravine at the foot of a rugged, red sandstone outcrop that surrounds Agastya lake.
In Hamsadwani raga of Carnatic classical music, the Vatapi Ganapatim Bhaje by the composer Mutthuswamy Deekshitar refers to Ganapati idol from Vatapi, now known as Badami.
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