Friday, 2 February 2018

Ugra Narasimha Statue in Hampi is a statue of Laxmi Narasimha.

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Ugra Narasimha Statue in Hampi is a statue of Laxmi Narasimha. The statue is carved out of a single block of stone. This single stone structure of Lord Narasimha is a major tourist attraction in Hampi, a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site and is considered to be an important monument among the entire group of monuments and relics at the site. The statue of Ugra Narasimha, Hampi is 6.7 meters in height, and is placed on the top of the Hemkunta Hills.
The Statue was made in the year 1528 during the reign Krishnadevaraya. One of the rare stone sculptures, the statue of Ugra Narasimha image has a mane, broad chest and bulging eyes and is seen seated on the coils of Adishesha, the seven hooded snake.
Seated on the coil of Shesha, King of all Nagas (snakes), is the monolithic idol of Lord Narasimha, one of the ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, the biggest statue in Hampi. Originally it consisted of Goddess Lakshmi seated on the lap of Lord Narasimha and hence the temple's name, Lakshminarasimha. However, in the raid of 1565 Goddess Lakshmi's statue was vandalised and removed and is now kept at the Kamalapura Museum. But the goddess’s hand is visible resting on his back in embracing posture. If you get a chance to go inside this enclosure, it is possible to see the hand of the goddess. Even the nails & the rings on her fingers are so perfectly executed.
The Statue portrays an angry and ferocious expression of the Lord Narasimha. The sculpture projects Lord Narasimha in the half man and half lion incarnation. This statue shows the seven heads of Shesha Naga arching over Lord Narasimha as a shade.
When the Ugra Narasimha Statue in Hampi was restored, some features were added to the stone sculpture to make it more firm and stable. Fortunately, the restoration work of the statue has not hampered the original brilliance of the statue. People in thousands still flock in, everyday, to the spot to see the magnificent sculpture that reflects the rich artistic heritage of India.! 🗿👁🕉🐚🏯🌀🙏🏻
Jai Shri LakshmiNarayana Namah ~ Jai Shri Narasimha Dev Ji 🙏🏻🗿🐚🌀🏯

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