Best time to visitN/A
Things to dohistory tours, photography
Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesCouples, Solo, Families
Rank14 out of 54 attractions in Hampi
This is a whole temple complex where most of them are in complete ruins and some are partly in ruins. The temples all look like Jain Temples mainly due to their beautiful architecture of typical Jain Temples but most of these are dedicated to Lord shiva, Vishnu or Lord Ganesha. As you go further, you find a beautiful ond which is now dry but the group of temples around, especially the Veerupaksha Temple complex is extensive and beautiful. The other temples are the Kalu Ganesha, Kadalekalu and Sasivekalu Ganesha. The Lakshminarasimha and Badavalli are two more attractions and there is also an old Hanuman Temple here. This is a perfect spot for history buffs and photographers.
Places to stay near Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
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The best places to see a sunset or sunrise. Hema in Sanskrit language means gold. The name of the hill thus connects with the legend that it’s on this hill that Lord Shiva did penance before marrying a local girl Pampa. Shiva was impressed by her dedication for him and consent to marry her, due to this, it rained gold on this hill.Also this is the place where Shiva burnt Kama (the god of lust) with his third (fire) eye. In helping Pampa to marry Shiva, Kama distracted Shiva from his penance. This attracted the wrath of Shiva and eventually killed Kama by fire. Later Rathi (goddess of passion and Kama’s wife) pleaded for the life of Kama. Siva brought him back to life but only in character not as a physical being.
The Hemakuta Group of Temples is situated right next to the Virupaksha Temple. As the name goes, they are located on the Hemakuta Hill which is a good 15 minute climb. These temples are from the pre-Vijayanagara period and most temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva for a lot of reasons. The construction of these temples date back to between the 9th and 14th centuries. The construction of these temples are such that they could be mistaken as Jain temples as well.
The highlights are the sets of triple chambered temples with its pyramid like granite roofs.