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Lakshmi Narsimha Temple, Hampi

Lakshmi Narsimha Temple is situated in Hampi, a small village in northern Karnataka. The temple has the biggest statue of Narsimha, identified by its different names Ugra Narsimaha and Unganarsimha. Narsimha is well -recognized to be one of the ten ‘avatars’ of Lord Vishnu. The statue comprises of Narsimha sitting on seven headed enormous snake curved all around and the head of snake acts like a cover on top of the Narsimha’s head. The original statue which was destroyed during several raids on Vijayanagara Empire, was that of Goddess Laxmi, the wife of God, sitting on his lap. Even the shattered part of the statue is missing. At present just the hand of Goddess Laxmi attached to Narsimha’s back is noticeable clearly. Therefore, the existence of both the god and goddess defines the name of the temple ‘Lakshmi Narsimha’. The timings to visit the temple is from 6am – 6pm, on all days and the visit duration is generally 1-2 hours.

Nearby Attractions

The nearby places of tourist interests are Toranagallu (Bellary), Koppal (Koppal), Monolith Bull (Hampi), Vijayanagara (Bellary) and Royal Enclosure (Hampi).