Badavalinga temple located in Hampi is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In this temple the deity is worshipped in the form of Lingam. This is one of the beautiful temples in Hampi. The Shivan Lingam is located in the middle of the temple surrounded by water. The Lingam is Half drowned in the water. Half above the sea level. The Lingam is trinity possessing three eyes, which can be observed.
There's a Myth that people make a wish and then throw a coin on the Lingam. If that coin lands on the top of the Shiva Lingam , then their wish will come true.
The Badavilinga Temple in Hampi has the largest monolithic Shiva Linga in Hampi. The Shiva Linga has a three eye mark drawn on it in line carving. The three eye mark depicts the three eyes of Lord Shiva. The beautiful Linga is made of black stone. It has a height of 3 meters. It is believed that the temple has been in existence since the period of the Vijayanagara Empire. The name Badavilinga is a combination of two words – Badva and Linga. In the local language Badva means poor and Linga represents Shiva. Legend has it that the Shiva Linga placed inside the temple was commissioned by a poverty-stricken woman. Hence the temple came to be known as Badavilinga Temple.
An interesting thing to note about the design of the stone chamber is that it has no ceiling. During the day time, sunlight enters through the opening in the ceiling and floods the Shiva Linga with light.
Everyone believed that the base of the Shiva Lingam is submerged in water as it depicts the arrival of the holy river Ganges on earth and its flow is controlled by Lord Shiva.
Beautiful place to visit. Either you're religious or not, you will love this place. Do visit such a great place.