Badavilinga is the largest Linga 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.
Badava means ‘Poor’ in local language. The linga was made by a poor woman, hence got a name Badavi Linga. In a simple shrine, the Shiva Linga is placed just near Lakshmi Narasimha in Hampi.
This temple is adjacent to Sri Lakshmi Narasimhar’s sannadhi. The Shiva linga is about 3 meters high and avudayar is about 2 meter diameter. Shrine is open from front and top.
Channel of water flow through this chamber. Hence, the shrine chamber is always full of water. This adds mysterious calmness to the small temple. Sunlight focuses on the linga through open top.
It was told that the water is sourced through a small cannel from Tungabhadra. The super structure is in dilapidated condition.
Currently an old brahmana is taking care of this temple painstakingly with lot of devotion.