Bhoo Varaha Laxmi Narasimha Temple is under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India and appears in the List of Monuments of National Importance in the Belgaum district. Traditions noted in the nineteenth century ascribe its construction to Jakhnācāraya. This appears to refer to the popular hero Amarashilpi Jakanachari. A large stone tablet inside the temple carries an inscription over sixty lines in two parts that record gifts in different years.
The first is dated 1169 Kali Yuga 4369 and registers the gift of a village by the sixth Goa Kadamba Permādi or Shivchitt 1147-1175 for the performance of rites to the holy Narasiṃha whose shrine had been established in the pure city of Halsi by Mātāyogi. The second inscription belongs to Vijayāditya II and is the only inscription of his reign. Dated 1171–72 Kali Yuga 4272–73 in the twenty-fifth year of his reign, it records the gift of a village name Bhalaka.
Inside the temple, there are two garbhagṛha chambers facing each other. In the right one is the deity of Lord Śrī Viṣhṇu in a sitting posture. The deity of Sūryanarāyaṇa and Mahālakṣmī is just behind the main deity. The chamber on the left side has the deity of Bhūvāraha Swami, lord Vishnu’s Varaha avatar, where he carries Mother Earth (or Bhoodevi) on his tusk. Just outside the main temple are smaller temples dedicated to Ganesha, Shiva, and Vitthala. One statue of Radha Krishna can also be seen in a smaller shrine.
Bhoo Varaha Lakshmi Narasimha temple stands as the finest example of the Kadamba style of architecture. The temple has two Garbhagrahas. The main sannidhi sanctum sanctorum consists of an idol of Sri Maha Vishnu in a sitting posture. Behind this, are the idols of Lord Suryanarayana, Mahalakshmi, and Lord Narasimha. It is believed that the idol of Narasimha was found as a Swayambhu Self formed and not man-made appearing on its own.
The second Garbhagraha sanctum sanctorum has a standing idol of Bhoo Varaha Swami. The idol of this deity is believed to have been installed by King Vijayaditya III in the year 1186-87. This idol is around five feet tall and depicts the Lord carrying Bhoodevi in his mouth. The lotus motif on the ceiling replicates the typical Kadamba style of architecture.
Timings to Visit Bhoo Varaha Laxmi Narasimha Temple05:00 AM – 12:00 AM | 04:00 PM – 08:00 PM
Important Days to Visit
A yearly fair is held at the temple on the full moon of Ashvin. On the full-moon day of Kārttika or Kartik Purnima, the palanquin of Varāhanarasiṃha is carried in procession to the temple of Rāmeśvara.