Badavi linga - a Shiv linga, Hampi, Karnataka, India

Badavi Linga is a monolithic linga revered by its devotees which was commissioned by a poor peasant woman (as per local legend) whereas all other monuments at Hampi had royal sponsors or patrons.

The huge Shiv linga placed on a large circular pedestal seems to fill the entire stone chamber and stands submerged in water as a water channel flows through it. Symbolically you could refer to it - as the holy Ganga coming down on earth and it’s flow being controlled by Shiva.

Without a ceiling the Shivlinga seems to be eternally illuminated in golden sunlight - symbolically once again an opportunity to experience the 'panch tattva or elements' the sky, air, water, the warmth of sunlight and earth all assembled in one place... (Panch Tattva = Akash (Sky or Space), Vayu (Air), Jal (Water), Prithvi (Earth) and Sunlight instead of Agni (Fire)).

Badavi Linga is a part of the Hampi Group of Monuments and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. How to reach Hampi?

Tag : Classic Hampi | Content: | Image: Ram Nagesh Thota | Update: 17-Mar-2021