Badami, the late 6th century capital of the early Chalukyas of Western India, is picturesquely situated at the mouth of a ravine between two rocky hills. It has four rock-cut cave temples which date back to those times. Sculptured out of solid rock they are profusely adorned with carvings of which the 18 armed Nataraja and the flying Ghandarvas are well known and famous. The sculptural gallery of the Museum houses artefacts from Badami, as well as from the temples at Aihole and Pattadakal.