This is the largest Linga image in Hampi. Located next to the Lakshmi Narasimha statue the Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening in the front. A close look on this icon can reveal three eyes (depicting the three eyes of Shiva) carved on it. Legend has it that this was commissioned by a peasant woman and hence the name (Badva means poor in local tongue).

The sanctum in which the Linga is installed is always filled with water as a water channel is made to flow through it.

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. As an iconic representation of this, in Siva temples you can spot a dripping pot hanged over the Linga. (see also Gods of Hampi)

Both Lakshmi Narasimha & Badavi Linga shrines can be visited together.

Photography allowed and no entrance fees to visit.

Badavilinga , Sasivekalu, Kadalekallu location map

Badavilinga , Sasivekalu, Kadalekallu location map

Badavilinga , Sasivekalu, Kadalekallu location map

Sacred Center

Lakshmi Narasimha

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

This is the largest statue in Hampi.Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha.


Matunga Hill

Probably Matunga Hill is the most talked about hill in Hampi. Let it be its central location, the oversold sunset/sunrise view or the myths associated with it, this hill commands a special attraction.


Veerabhadra Temple

Being located at the highest point in Hampi, the Veerabhadra Temple at the Matanga hilltop commands some special significance.The temple is in a ruined condition.


Moola Virupaksha Temple

According to some historic accounts, the Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is one among the ancient temples in India with an uninterrupted history from about the 7th century. What you see now as the grandiose temple complex is attributed to various vijayanagara kings from 14th Century.


Hemakuta Hill

This hilltop and its gentle slopes offer a splendid view of the sprawling ruins site.


Hampi Landscape

Areas of Hampi

Hampi's attractions are clustered across many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries.


Chandikesvara Temple

This east facing temple is especially notable for its pillared front hall.Though the name suggests of lord Siva the temple was actually a Vishnava one.