There is Virupaksha temple in Hampi - Karnataka, dedicated to Shiva. It is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Similarly, there is a Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal, Karnataka.

Virupaksha is a name used for Bhagvan Shiva. What is the significance behind this name?

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Virupaksha refers to the formless awareness all around us.

Virupaksha means eyes without the form; many people use this word as a name. Virupa means no form, and aksha means eyes, it means eyes without the form. When you go a little deeper, then you see that the consciousness can see without the eyes, feel without the skin, taste without the tongue, and hear without the ears; this is Yoga Samadhi. Such things start happening in deep ‘samadhi’, just like in dreams? You dream without any of the five senses; you smell, taste, you do everything, right? So virupaksha is the consciousness that has eyes but no form.

Reference used: http://qnawithsrisri.artoflivinguniverse.org/2014/01/qna-with-sri-sri_7.html

  • Virupaksha also means 'one with odd eye..'referring to 3 eyes of Lord Shiva...
    – Tezz
    Jun 2, 2016 at 5:12
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    @Tezz Yup, third eye is essentially Agna Chakra or awareness Jun 2, 2016 at 16:13

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