Badami Mythological Importance
Badami was earlier named as Vatapi. The name Vatapi is a legendary name relating to Sage Agasthya. Two demon brothers Vatapi and Ilvala alias Badami used to kill innocent visitors for their food by tricks. The elder Ilvala would turn Vatapi into a goat and offer its meat to their guests. After the guests consuming the meat Ilvala would call out the name of Vatapi. Due to certain magical power Vatapi was emerging from abdomen of the consumer resulting in his death. Then both brothers fed themselves with the flesh of dead guests. But their trick did not work against Sage Agasthya who digested Vatapi before Ilvala could call him saying “Vatapi jeernobhava” [let Vatapi be digested]. Then Agasthya killed Badami. Thus symbolizing those two demons two tall rocks in Badami represent the demons Vatapi and Ilvala.
Tourist attractions of Badami is "Badami cave temple", "Badami Fort", "Agastya Lake","Bhuthanatha Temples" and "Badami Museum"