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11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
worship, sight- seeing
December - February
Families, Couples, Friends
7 out of 54 attractions in Hampi

Virupaksha Temple

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.
It was already 12.30pm, so we decided to visit Virupaksha temple, Which is main center of pilgrimage of Hampi. This temple is dedicated to Virupaksha, form of Shiva. The gopuram of virupaksha is so tall and visible from many sites. There are 3 chambers, pillered stage and temples inside temple. Also having another gopuram at south which leads to tungbhadra river. There is one small pond at right. We were lucky enough to see some water there at pond in hampi. The main temple gets close by 2 pm for 1Hr. And again it's open till 8pm. The carved pillars inside virupaksha will definitely mark their impression on you.
1. Virupaksha Temple
Palak Airon
Virupaksha temple is near to the boat taxi stand and as soon as we were one the way back to hampi we decide to start from that only. Virupaksha temple is dedicated to the Virupaksha form of lord Shiva. Muslim invaders destroyed the most beautiful sculptures and creation very systematically in 16th century, but none of the destruction affected its importance. Many pilgrims worship there and temple still attracts and prospers huge crowd.
Nishma Khetia
2. Vijaya Vittala Temple , Musical Pillars and Moving Stone Chariot:Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi is place of wonders. It homes beautiful architectures of Stone Chariot and Musical Pillars over Thungabadhra river!! The Sanctum of the temple is devoid of an idol. It is said that Vittala idol of this Sanctum was moved to Pandharpur(Maharashtra) during the attacks of Mughals back in History. So the current idol in Pandharpur is the one which was in Hampi during the Vijayanagara Empire!!There are 56 Musical pillars made of stone in the Ranga Mandapa area which are also known as SaReGaMaPa pillars. These pillars produce musical tones when struck with an object.I do remember Tour guides playing Music of these Musical Pillars from my childhood. But unfortunately , now its restricted and you can just see and admire.