Badavi Linga temple & LakshmiNarasimha temple, Hampi

Badavi Linga temple:

This is the largest monolithic Linga in Hampi. Located next to the Narasimha statue.The shiva linga has a fairly large circular pedestal(yone pitha), Drawing into a pranala(outlet). The central median line(somasutra)  has the 3 eye mark, drawn in line carving.

Badavi linga temple, Hampi Karnataka

The sanctum in which the Linga is installed is always filled with water as a water channel is made to flow through it. Legend has it that this was commissioned by a peasant woman and hence the name (Badva means poor in local tongue).

Badavi linga temple, Hampi Karnataka

The sanctum chamber that houses Linga, is a large stone, brick mortar structure.

According to Hindu mythology the River Ganga (Ganges) was brought from heaven to earth to quench the drought. But the river was so forceful that it could split the earth into two pieces if allowed to fall on earth. Lord Shiva consented to take the impact by allowing the torrent of Ganga to fall on his matted hair. Thus helping to release a smooth flowing river on to earth from his hair.

Lakshmi narasimha temple:

This huge monolith, is about 6.7m high. It is a four-armed seated figure of Narasimha ,but all arms are broken now. A large 7 hooded naga curls above its head. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his head. The god sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees.Badavi linga temple, Hampi Karnataka

Narasimha (means half-man’half-lion) is on of the ten incarnations (avatar) of Lord Vishnu. Sometimes this is referred as Ugra Narasimha (terrifying form of Narasimha). The protruding eyes and the facial expression are the basis for this name.Badavi linga temple, Hampi Karnataka

Originally there was a figure of goddess Lakshmi,  on his left thigh. But this statue has been damaged seriously during the raid leading to the fall of Vijayanagar. But we can see the remnant of Lakshmi’s arm that was originally  placed around Narasimha’s waist, is still intact.  The ravages of time had left the statue badly mutilated.


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