Badavilinga Temple is situated atHampi. The name Badavilinga came about because according to popular legend, a native peasant woman commissioned the sculpting and installed the lingam at this place. Badava means ‘poor’ in the local language and hence the name. In place since the Vijayanagara dynasty ruled here, the Badavilinga is a three meter tall Shivalinga. Depicting the arrival of the Ganges to earth and its flow controlled by Lord Shiva, the base of this lingam has always been submerged in water. It is placed in a stone chamber which is open to the sky. A channel brings water to the inner sanctum ensuring that the lingam base is always submerged. A fascinating yet simple place, that is worth a visit.