Ugra Narasimha

The Sacred Center of Hampi – Chana Ganesh, Badavi Linga, Ugra Narasimha

Chana Ganesh: The term Chana means Gram flour. The actual name of the Ganesha idol is not known but when people first discovered the destroyed statue of Ganesha, the way that the belly had been sliced seemed to look like a Gram Flour. And hence the idol was named “Chana” Ganesh.

Chana Ganesh
Chana Ganesh

From here we drove a short distance where the Ugra Narasimha and Badavi Linga are placed close to each other.

Badavi Linga
Badavi Linga

The Badavi Linga is immersed on water all 365 days of a year and is the second temple after Virupaksha that was not destroyed during the Adil Shah invasion. Hence, it is still used for worship.

One of the most glorious idols I have seen and one that is iconic to the name of Hampi, is the Ugra Narasimha.

Ugra Narasimha
Ugra Narasimha

The band that holds together the legs of the idol was placed later by the ASI when it was repaired. This idol symbolizes a yoga pose. The original sculpture consisted of Lakshmi sitting on Narasimha’s lap. Her hand is still visible attached to the left hand of the idol.



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