Lake / Backwaters
#3 of 14 Places to Visit in Badami
Distance (From Badami Bus Station): 1 Kms
Trip Duration (Including Travel): 30 Mins
Place Location: Near Cave 1
Transportation Options: Walk/Trek
Travel Tips: Archeological Museum (0.5 Kms), Badami Fort (1 Km) and Boothanatha Temple (1 Km) are close to northern end of Agastya Lake and can be visited together.
At a distance of 1 Kms from Badami Bus Station, The Agastya Lake (Tirtha) is a huge lake located beneath the cave temples. Constructed in 5th century, the lake is considered holy due to the healing powers of its water.
The eastern banks of the Agasthya Lake are dotted with Bhoothanatha temples while the caves temples are located on South West part and the fort on North West end. According to puranas, The Pushkarini was a pleasure tank of God in Vaikunta, and is a beloved of Lakshmidevi and Bhoodevi. The Pushkarini was brought and set here by Garuda, the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. A bath in it is believed to destroy all sins.
The lake is usually crowded by the village residents for washing cloths and bath. The quality of water is okay but not a good place to swim. The surroundings of the lake provide great views of the hills surrounded by the historical monuments. The Bhoothanatha temple which is emerged into the lake is a beautiful sight with a backdrop of large hillock.