Friday, January 29, 2010

Badavilinga Temple, Hampi

Badavilinga Temple is the home for the largest monolithic Linga in Hampi. This is located near the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple.

It is installed inside a small chamber that has a single opening in front. The Linga was commissioned by a peasant woman. On the Linga there are the three eyes carved on it. They depict the eyes of Lord Shiva. The sanctum containing the Linga is always filled with water at the base as the water channel flows through it.

The Linga was commissioned by a peasant woman. In the local language the term Badva means poor and the temple derived its name from the same word.

43 comments:

James said...

Nice shot. I like the way the light comes in to the picture.

Tarun Mitra said...

I didn't knew the peasant part..:)

She Writes said...

Very interesting.

V Rakesh said...

Thats some edifice! Brilliant!

Thanks for the feature!

Riet said...

You live in a beautiful country

Spiderdama said...

Interesting post!
Wish you a great weekend:-)

Kirigalpoththa said...

Interesting!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

The richness of the culture and history! Have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

Protege said...

As with any monolithic place, it must be almost haunting and spiritual to visit it. How very interesting. What exactly does the word *Linga* means?
Have a lovely weekend,
Zuzana

Regina said...

Great stone.
Really and interesting place.

Babli said...

I have been to this place and it was amazing. While reading your post I was remembering my trip. You have taken wonderful picture.

Pooch Morning Glory said...

RAJESH
i like the name of the temple and its meaning.
~laura

JOE TODD said...

Fascinating.. Thanks for photo and commentary always enjoyable

Anya said...

Interesting to read
and to see it :-)
Wonderful shot !!

Reader Wil said...

One of the many mysteries of India! I should like to know the reason why the poor woman commissioned the Linga. What exactly is a Linga, what is it used for?

George said...

Thanks for an interesting and informative post. Your picture shows a very serene scene.

Sumandebray said...

Interesting bit of information... the most intriguing part of the Shiva Linga is what it actually depict.
Good to be back in hampi again.Never realized there were so much to see in hampi

Rajesh said...

Thanks to all the appreciation. Just thought of answering a common question "What is Lingam?"

The Lingam (the Sanskrit meaning "mark" or "sign") is a symbol for the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva.

Sylvia K said...

Terrific shot for the day, Rajesh! And I always learn something from your posts and that's the best of all! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

chubskulit said...

Very informative and interesting, great shot too!

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simchieinspires said...

What an educational post for today. Thanks for sharing.

Happy SS...

Gallery Juana said...

The size of this must be impressive to see in person.
Interesting story and background about how it came about.

bobbie said...

It is always so interesting to learn about other cultures. This is a lovely Shadow Shot.

tapirgal said...

It's beautiful in its simplicity. Thanks for the lesson, too.

Cassie said...

What an interesting shadow shot. Nicely done.

Mitr Friend - Bhushavali said...

Its not very often u see a linga with eyes carved.. A great piece of info..


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magiceye said...

that is so interesting!
lovely photograph too!

Guy D said...

I would love to see that in person, thankfully your photography is the next best thing to being there.

All the best
Guy
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Dorte said...

Interesting post and a nice shadow shot!

christina said...

Interesting shot! Thanks!

BLOGitse said...

I wonder how long it takes to make this kind of miracles? Years?
Happy SSS and
have a great week ahead!

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Jane ... said...

Thanks for sharing your unique SS and the info about it!

fufu said...

wow great!!

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Very interesting indeed. Namaste!

exposemaximum said...

very unique in nature

Rekhaa Prahalad said...

long back as child I had visited Hampi and was mesmerized by the temples and sculptures scattered all around the memory of that place is still fresh in my mind and hope to revisit Hampi again.

Pam said...

The sunshine coming through the top cast a wonderful glow.
Nice shot, Rajesh.

David said...

Are those pictures taken by you.Truly professional work. Great job!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful shots !! I Would love to visit this temple some day !!

Rajesh said...

James, Tarun, Amy, Rakesh, Riet, Spiderdama, Kirigalpoththa, Phivos, Regina, Laura, Joe: Thanks for the appreciation.

Protege, Wil: The Lingam (the Sanskrit meaning "mark" or "sign") is a symbol for the worship of the Hindu deity Shiva.

Anya, George, Sylvia, Chubskulit, simchieinspires, Juana, Bobbie, tapirgal, Cassie, Bhushavali, magiceye: Thanks for the appreciation.

Babli, Sumandbray: Thanks, This place can be visited any number of times. It is always interesting.

Guy, Dorte, christina, BLOGitse, Jane, fufu, Deepak, Pam, David: Thanks for the appreciation.

Rekhha, Bharath: Thanks, This place can be visited any number of times. It is always interesting.

Kusum said...

I was here couple of weeks ago! Wonderful place!

Arti said...

The sunlight falling on the lingam is making it look all the more divine.. Wonderful capture.

Sujatha Sathya said...

peasant woman? hmm thats interesting