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Badavilinga Temple

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Badavilinga Temple is a beautiful Hindu temple in Hampi. The Hindu deity Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Linga in this temple. The Badavilinga temple is located near the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, and tourists as well as devotees flock to the temple throughout the year. Amidst the many beautiful sacred places in Hampi, the Badavilinga Temple has its own significance and fame. The chamber where the chief shrine is placed has a water channel and remains full of water always.

Significance and Legend associated with the temple
The magnificent temple of Badavilinga houses the largest monolithic Shiva Linga in Hampi. The shivlinga has a three eye mark that depicts the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The majestic linga is made of black stone and stands at a height of 3 meters. It is believed that the temple has been in existence since the period of Vijayanagara Empire.
The name Badavilinga is a combination of two words – Badva and Linga. Badva means poor and Linga represented Shiva. According to the legends, the Shiva Linga placed inside the temple was built by a poor peasant woman. Hence the temple came to be known as Badavilinga Temple.

About the temple
The gigantic Shiva linga of the temple is situated inside a small stone chamber. The chamber has a single opening at the front through which the devotees can get in. An interesting thing about the chamber is that it has no ceiling. The sunlight enters through the ceiling in the daytime and shines all over the Shiva linga.
The Shiva Linga has a large pedestal, circular in shape. This circular pedestal leads to an outlet, also known as pranala. The pedestal of the Shiva Linga stands on a bed of water. This is due to the fact that the shrine always remains filled with water as a water channel flows through it.

Present scenario of the temple
The destruction that had befallen Hampi several centuries ago also affected the Badavilinga Temple. The good part is that the Shiva Linga still stands intact, and the inner walls of the shrine surrounding the linga also survived the damage.

Quick Facts

  • Timing: 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM on all days of the week
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee required
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Visit Duration: About 1 ½ hours

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