Virupaksha Temple

#8 of 21 things to do in Hampi

Gracing the banks of Tungabhadra river, the Virupaksha temple of Hampi is a sought after destination for tourists and travelers alike. It is a perfect blend of an awe-inspiring architecture and pilgrimage center that draws in an aura of sanctity. The temple is associated with mystical legends of its own and is believed to be functioning till date from the time it was constructed in the 7th century AD. During the inception of the temple, it had a few shrines located in humble settings. Later, as the temple progressed in importance, the temple premises extended its boundaries with pillared halls, towered gateways, and a large temple kitchen. The east gateway which takes you to the courtyard within the temple complex is one of the prominent landmarks in Hampi. This courtyard further leads you into another quaint court after crossing the 100-pillared hall, a wedding hall(Kalyana mantapa) and the old well of the temple complex. A narrow softly lit corridor from the pillared hall takes you to the kitchen which in turn is connected to the Tungabhadra river via an efficient water channel built into the floor. The Nandi statue within the complex is a marvel of its own, aptly enjoyed by the tourists who come to visit. 

Deep cloisters accentuated by the play of daylight surround the open areas on all sides except where the path leads to sub-shrines. The facing plane of these cloisters is characterized by pillars that stand on the figures of a lion carved out of stone. Surrounding the majestic Virupaksha temple are many mandapas that are now in a dilapidated condition. It is believed that there was an ancient shopping center along these row of mandapas that added to the lively atmosphere of the citizens when in this area.

Things to note:

Photography is not allowed inside the sanctum

 

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Virupaksha Temple  tourism
Virupaksha Temple  tourism
Virupaksha Temple  tourism