Achyutraya Temple

#4 of 21 things to do in Hampi

Being a part of the splendid array of temples in Hampi, Achyutraya Temple is located between the Matanga hills and Gandhamadana. The temple complex and the ruined market street that fronts it sit in a semi-secluded valley created by these two hills. This temple is commonly less crowded since it is located slightly off the radar of some of the typical tourist routes around Hampi. This helps those who come here to enjoy the atmosphere in peace and soak in the architectural marvel of the Vijayanagar empire. Unfortunately, the temple is mostly in ruins due to attacks as well as some of the destruction is attributed to natural causes.

Although it may have fallen prey to unfortunate events, it does not fail to awe its visitors with the grandiosity and magnificence even today. The walls and pillars are intricately carved that add an untold dimension to the feel of the space. The spatial bulk of the temple is interspersed with courts that are flanked by these beautiful but airy corridors, that acts as a threshold between the exteriors and interiors. The sculptures and statues on the pillars draw you into some familiar themes like Lord Vishnu blessing an elephant, Lord Krishna practicing his flute while the calves are watching this scene with interest and infant Krishna dancing with a snake and holding it by the tail.

There are 2 ways to reach the temple:

  • Traveling through the Courtesan Street from Kodandarama Temple and leading to minarets of Achyuta Raya Temple
  • The second one is more favored by many who visit here and that is by climbing up the stairs near the Nandi, situated at the eastern corner of Hampi Bazaar.

 

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Achyutraya Temple  trip
Achyutraya Temple  trip
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Achyutraya Temple  trip
Achyutraya Temple  trip
Achyutraya Temple  trip
Achyutraya Temple  trip
Achyutraya Temple  trip