Uddana Veerabhadra Temple, Hampi

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The Uddana Veerbhadra Temple is a must visit temple that enshrines a 3.6 meter monolithic statue of Uddana Veerabhadra, who was believed to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. The statue has four arms that hold sword, bow, arrow and shield. Devotees visiting this temple can notice a small idol of Daksha and the Sarvanga Linga (Shiva Linga). Visitors are prohibited from taking pictures inside the Uddana Veerbhadra Temple.

There are numerous Hindu mythological tales associated with the origin of the Veerabhadra, the cult deity. According to a popular belief, Veerabhadra was the manifestation of Lord Shiva who killed his father-in-law Daksha after Sati, Shiva's wife, committed suicide upon being insulted by her father. This temple pays tribute to this fierce form of Lord Shiva, one of the three primary Gods of Hindus.

It is situated near the main road, halfway between Sacred Centre and Royal Enclosure. A tall monolithic lamp and the Sati Stone are located near this temple; this stone is a tribute to the wives of warriors who died in battles. The main road of Hampi passes through the compound of this temple, which stands opposite Chandikesvara Temple.

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