Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Bhutanatha Temple is one of the two major shrines of the Bhutanatha Group of Temples that extends up to the Agastya Lake. The deity is worshipped here in the Bhutanatha avatar (god of souls). Built in sandstone, the temple has an open mandapa (hall) that reflects the South Indian Dravidian and North Indian Nagara styles of architecture. The inner shrine is believed to have been built by the Chalukyas in the 7th century. At the back of the temple, the avatars of Lord Vishnu and Jain figures are carved. Another attraction near the temple is the Badami cave temples that are a group of four cave temples. These are a fine specimen of architecture and are dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahavira.

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