Above the cave temples lie the ruins of the south fort. Guides strongly advise against climbing up, as the way is steep and the footing very uncertain. The fort was taken by Maratha forces after a nine-months siege in 1785 and 1786 CE. It is said that the small mosque, to the right in the photo, known as the Badami Markaj Jumma Masjid, was built by the father of Tipu Sultan, Haider Ali. The primary occupant of the elegant tomb on the left is not known. There are suggestions that inside rests the former governor of Badami under Tipu Sultan, and/or the commander of the fort. There are some lovely architectural touches here that can be seen in the tomb of Tipu in Srirangapattna. It is a crowded place with two sarcophagi sitting on the front porch, along with others in the yard.
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