Best time to visit11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open hours9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Things to doworship, sight- seeing
Best MonthsDecember - February
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples, Friends
Rank7 out of 54 attractions in Hampi
One of the oldest and largest in the city of ruins, this temple was built in the 7th century and is still in use. The temple is on the southern banks of the River Tungabhadra and has a very simple design and architecture. Over so many years and the changing rule of so many kings, a number of additions and expansions had been made in the form of pillars and small rooms. The temple is one of the gems of this ruined place and was built of simple brick and mortar. The life size idols of Lord Shiva is attractive and overall this place is an important site of pilgrimage for Shaivites. The present temple is also almost in ruins but still in use.
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Reviews of Virupaksha Temple • 25
We started our Hampi exploration from Virupaksha temple, one of the city’s oldest structures which is within a walking distance from the bus stop. Dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction, the temple is located at a riverbank. The main shrine is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Lord Shiva. There are many mythical statues sculptured on the pillars, ceiling and walls.The sacred temple elephant in Virupaksha- adorable Lakshmi is taken for her morning bath at 8.30 am just down the way by the river ghats. She will bless you on the forehead for a ten rupee note.
Virupaksha temple – The focal point of Hampi and the first thing you’ll see as you enter Hampi.
The first day we only explored Virupaksha temple and the group of structures just opposite the temple, both of which are connected by a long straight road having numerous stone structures. Its a treat to walk and look back at the view.
This is the Main temple of Hampi. They still worship there, so the entrance is newly colored. There was a entrance fee of ₹25 here and ₹50 for camera. The pond on one side of the temple gave a nice view of the temple. Temple has an Elephant too.
This is the most beautiful temple located at the center of the city, wherever you will reach it will be visible.
Golden Garden HampiAfter spending full day we took our dinner at this place, less crowd, awesome food and great hospitality, Cheaper than mango tree, I saw people here working on their books and some of the artist.
Dussehra celebration:As we reached Hampi on Dussehra festival, we get a chance to see huge numbers of travelers, photographers holding their tripod and trying to capture beautiful decoration of earthen lamps all around in the form of Rangoli. the whole road in front of the temple was decorated, some south Indian folk music was also playing along. I never saw a celebration of Dussehra in this way.
Virupaksha Temple (1 hour)Virupaksha temple, situated at the centre of Hampi village, is the oldest shrine in Hampi. It is the principal destination for pilgrims and tourists and actively worshipped till date. Do not miss the 750m long bazaar area in front of the temple with two-story stone structures on either side of the road representing the various shops of the old era.
The last place we visit on the day was the most important place in Hampi, Virupaksha Temple. The temple was almost darkened when we reached it. We went inside the temple and saw some interesting painting painted on the roof and wall of the temple. As it was dark, we wouldn't able to take many photos of the temple.There a guide from tourist department told us about exploring Hampi through bicycle ride. Though we listened to him completely, we politely rejected his request for booking a ride as we have our own for plan for exploring.
Right in the heart of hampi town is the Virupaksha temple dedicated to lord shiva, this temple is crowded and a major attraction for us at this place seemed to be the temple elephant and the inverted shadow of the gopuram inside the temple!
After spending few hours at the temple. Quiet and Silent we left for "Vitthala Temple".There is way to reach Vithala temple from Virupaksha ...Go Straight towars Achutaraya Temple follow the Hampi Bazaar on the sides of Virupaksha. Take a left trail and walk for 15 minutes and you reach another Beauty Vithala Temple...After Virupaksha ... Vithala Temple is another structure no less than a Wonder.
Our next destination was Elephants Stable and the Virupaksha Temple. Temples were built with exquisite carving of the rocks. Hampi is full of rocks. Every rock is so beautiful that it appears as if it is Nature’s work of Art. I am reminded of the famous quote of Michelangelo, which goes like this, “Every Block of Stone has a Statue inside it and it is the Task of the Sculptor to discover it”.The first thing that strikes to the eyes is the magnificence and the beauty of the rocky terrain of this place. Two eyes are insufficient to devour such architectural and natural beauty of this place. God seemed to have been extra generous while forming this piece of earth. It’s a photographer’s delight. If you are a photographer and want to capture the beauty of this bygone Era, make a solo trip – Just you, the Camera and the Nature around you. Perfect Threesome!
We saw this beauty when we walking back to Hampi Bazaar.
Wish you a safe and happy trip to Hampi!
According to mythology, it dates back to 7th Century AD, and this makes it one amongst the oldest temples in India. Lokamahadevi, the queen of Vikramaditya, built this temple to commemorate her husband’s triumph over the Pallavas of Kanchipuram. Since its inception, the complex gradually grew; lamp posts, flag posts, pillars, pillared halls, sub-shrines, towered-gateways, temple kitchen etc were added with the growing time. UNESCO has considered this temple as a World Heritage Site, as a part of Hampi Group of Monuments.
Traveling to Hampi was in my bucket list for a long time, not that I am too much interested in historical places but because I wanted to know what makes so much ppl to visit this place. So finally one day, I packed my bags set out for hampi'ing.I Travelled from udupi to hospet by private bus and then took a rickshaw to hampi. Went to virupaksha temple on the first day and other nearby placesTip 1: decide the place where you have to stay first. Either on temple side or across the river. Temple side is more of crowd and local people with full of guest houses. Also nearby river there are couple of huts which are pretty decent and economical. But other side of river I heard you will find some nice places to stay
The Virupaksha Temple is one of the oldest functioning temple in India; inscriptions suggest that it probably started around the 7th Century AD. As the name suggests, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. What surprised us the most was the concept of the pinhole camera which is used to project the inverted image of the Raja Gopuram; this can be located right above the inner sanctum. The pathway is a little cramped, you might have to brace yourself but this is definitely a sight you must not miss!
Virupaksha Temple: So, our first spot was Virupaksha Temple. The oldest and the principal temple of Hampi, is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra. Virupaksha Temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi and has been considered the most sacred sanctuary over the centuries. It is fully intact among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, known here as Virupaksha, as the consort of the local goddess Pampa who is associated with the Tungabhadra River. We were astonished to know that the temple's history is uninterrupted from about the 7th century. But still it stood there as beautiful as a new one with each of those carvings adding to the beauty of this historical masterpiece. You would find the ticket counter and the shoe safekeeping (1 rupee per pair) booth and a souvenir stall with a good collection of books & maps on Hampi just at the entrance of the main temple. From the ticket counter close to this tower you can buy the entry ticket (Rs5), camera ticket (Rs50) and pay the video camera fee (Rs500). Behind the main sanctum, there is a flight of steps leads to the rear exit of the temple complex. Just before the exit on the right side there is a dark chamber with a slit on the wall. The sunray pass through this slit forms an inverted shadow of the main tower on the wall, a kind of pinhole camera effect created with stonework. This is one of the main attractions, apart from the magnificent architecture and obviously, our very own Temple elephant, LAKSHMI. (She blesses you for every ten rupee note you give to her and loves bananas too :) ).
Lakshmi the elephant. Plus they also serve free lunch as Prasad, everyday. It's quite yummy :)
A sight to behold from afar, this temple is still frequented by many faithfuls
Visit this place for the climb and the architecture of the complex and the pillars.
It is believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. Virupaksha Temple is one of the two functional temples in Hampi, the other being Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple. The rest of the temples have been damaged some way or other and not fit for Puja. Tip: Get blessings from Lakshmi, the temple elephant. The more money you pay, the more time she holds her trunk over your head. And by more money, I don't mean 100s. A 10 rupee note will give you enough thrill to last a lifetime. :) Also check for the inverted shadow of the Gopuram from a particular point.
Just down the road from Matanga hill, the Virupaksha temple -- dedicated to the patron deity of the Vijayanagara empire -- is still in use today. While the temple itself is beautiful, what got everyone excited was the elephant at the back that would extend its trunk over your head and give you blessings.