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Uddana Veerabhadra Temple

One of the most significant temples in Hampi is the Uddana Veerabhadra Temple. This ancient shrine is Hampi is known for its religious significance and houses the largest statue of the demon king Veerabhadra. The temple is located southeast to the Chandikesvara Temple and midway between the Sacred Centre and the Royal Enclosure. Here Lord Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Shiva Linga which is existent inside the temple.

History of Uddana Veerabhadra Temple
The temple dates back to the era of the Vijayanagara Empire, and was consecrated by Dalavayi Jangamayya in the year 1545 AD. Veerabhadra is a cult deity who represents the ferocious form of Lord Shiva. The presence of this temple in Hampi exhibits the fact that during the Vijayanagara days, the people of Hampi used to worship the God in their ferocious forms as well. Veerabhadra is also called Muddu Veeranna in the local dialect. Hence, the temple is also known as Mudduviranna temple.

Architecture of Uddana Veerabhadra Temple
Built in the Vijayanagara style of architecture, the Uddana Veerabhadra Temple is not as grand as other famous temples of Hampi, but it attracts a large number of devotees for its religious importance. The temple complex has a large garbhagriha, an antarala and a pillared mukhamantapa. The temple has beautiful saffron coloured painted doors, and the main deity of the temple is 16 feet high well sculpted image of Veerabhadra.

The idol of Veerabhadra has four hands. The upper hands carry bow and arrow and the lower hands bear sword and shield. The image depicts the warrior nature of the demon king.

Unique Facts about Uddana Veerabhadra Temple -
The temple has a small image of goat headed Daksha placed near the main image of Veerabhadra.

The temple has the unique Sarvanga Linga installed inside the sanctum sanctorum.
The priests who perform puja at this temple belong to the Lingayath community, which is a deviation from the tradition of the Brahmin community performing the puja rites everywhere.

Important Points to Note

  • Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM on all days of the week
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee required
  • Still Photography: Not allowed inside the sanctum sanctorum
  • Video Camera: Strictly prohibited inside the sanctum sanctorum
  • Visit Duration: About 1 hour
  • Parking Fee: Parking is free
  • Best time to visit: Throughout the year


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