Agastya Lake, Karnataka

The Pushkarini was a swimming tank that was considered to be source of immense pleasure for the divine and was specially favoured by Lakshmi & Bhoodevi, the wives of Lord Vishnu. The Pushkarini is believed to have been transported to mortal world by Lord Vishnu's vehicle the Garuda bird and hence the Agastya Lake is believed to be the same pleasure tank on earth and carries a reputation cleansing sins of those who take a dip in it.

Badami is presently preserved under the conservation scheme for heritage sites structures and cities under the Karnataka governments HRIDAY plan. The centre point of Badami at the bottom of dwindling arid and dry ravine lays the Agastya Lake which surrounds the rock cut temples and cave temples housed within Badami on all sides.

With respect to the tourist attraction Badami receives, the Agastya Lake is exactly the centripetal force for Badami. Situated at a distance of merely a kilometre from Badami Bus Terminus or the city centre, The Agastya Lake is an enormous stretch of water resource that has natural source of origin and is not a man made structure.

The hugeness of the lake is such that the water extends beneath the cave temples on its either side. Evidently present since the 5th Century AD, the Agasthya Lake is considered holy due to the healing powers of its water that can be attributed to a mythological reference mentioned in the Hindu scriptures regarding the same.

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