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Brief History Of This Temple

The Uddana Veerabhadra Temple dates back to the era of the Vijayanagara Empire. It was consecrated by Dalavayi Jangamayya in the year 1545 AD. The temple is dedicated to Veerabhadra, an incarnation of Lord Shiva. Veerabhadra is a cult deity who represents the ferocious form of Lord Shiva. The presence of the Uddana Veerabhadra Temple in Hampi points towards the fact that during the Vijayanagara days the people of Hampi used to worship the Gods in their ferocious forms as well. In fact, the ruins of Hampi provide plenty of evidence about the existence of this cult. Veerabhadra is also called Muddu Veeranna in the local dialect. Hence, the temple is also known as Mudduviranna temple.

Temple Legend

Temple Legend

Legents related to This Temple

There is an interesting legend associated with the origin of the cult deity Veerabhadra. Legend has it that King Daksha had a beautiful daughter named Sati. She was an ardent devotee of Lord Shiva and married him against the wishes of her father. Daksha did not approve of the marriage. Once Daksha held a special occasion and invited all the Gods and sages to the event except his daughter Sati and her husband Shiva.

When Sati arrived at the event without invitation, Daksha insulted Sati and abused Shiva in front of Sati and all other guests. Sati was unable to bear the insults and abuses heaped on her husband. She committed suicide by jumping into the sacrificial fire at the venue. On hearing the news of Sati’s death Shiva became enraged. He plucked out a lock of his matted hair and threw it on the ground with immense anger. Out of that lock of hair were born the demon god Veerabhadra and Goddess Kali. Shiva’s anger led to unleashing of terror at Daksha’s palace and ultimately Daksha was beheaded. Even the Gods of the heaven became afraid of Shiva’s fury and appealed to him for mercy.

They requested Shiva to bring back Daksha to life. Shiva relented and replaced Daksha’s head with that of a goat and brought him back to life. After this incident, Daksha turned into a devotee of Shiva. According to mythology, Veerabhadra is an incarnation of Lord Shiva himself and Kali are his consort. That is why a section of the people worships Veerabhadra as a form of Shiva.

Sculpture

Sculpture

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The Uddana Veerabhadra Temple is built in the Vijayanagara style of architecture. Though it is not as grand as some of the other famous temples of Hampi, it draws a large number of devotees due to its religious importance. The temple complex comprises of a large garbhagriha, an antarala and a pillared mukhamantapa. The temple has simple doors painted in saffron colour. The main deity of the temple, Veerabhadra, is 16 feet high well-sculpted image of Veerabhadra.

There is no other image of Veerabhadra in Hampi built during the Vijayanagara period that is larger than this image. This image of Veerabhadra has four hands. The upper hands bear bow and arrow and the lower hands bear sword and shield. The image depicts the warrior nature of the demon king.

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Uddana Veerabhadra Temple Hampi

This temple belonging to the faith, Hinduism is in Bellary
Temple Timings

Temple Timings

Timings Of this Temple

9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

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A few unique things about Uddana Veerabhadra Temple, Hampi There are a few unique facts to note about the Uddana Veerabhadra Temple. They are: The temple has a small image of goat-headed Daksha placed near the main image of Veerabhadra. The temple has the unique Sarvanga Linga installed inside the sanctum sanctorum. The priests who perform puja at this temple belong to the Lingayath community, which is a deviation from the tradition of the Brahmin community performing the puja rites everywhere.

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