Best time to visit9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Open hours8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Things to doworship, photography, sight seeing
BudgetRs 10 for Indians and USD 5 or equivalent amount for foreigners. Rs 25 for video camera and still camera free of cost. Entry for children upto 15 years is free. You can also retain the ticket to use it again on the very day to enter the Royal Zenana Enclosure.
This forms the central temple of Hampi and is the most beautiful piece of architecture here. The grandeur of this temple till today cannot be expressed in words. The pillars and sculptures inside this 15th century temple are just awesome. The taste of art and the expertise of sculptors and artists even so long back will make you awestruck. The stone chariot is the most attractive part of this temple and the mineral paintings left till date on the lower part of this extravagant stone chariot tells a lot about the type of art in that time. The temple is believed to have been beautified and expanded by all the following kings of this place. Vitthala is a form of Lord Vishnu who is believed to have been worshipped as the cult deity especially of the cattle rearers during the 15th century. The elephant statues, main mantap, the Narasimha carvings on the pillars of the northern hall and the life size statue of God Garuda are all very beautiful too.
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Reviews of Vitthala Temple • 11
I also took a dip in the river which helped me cool off and relax from the high afternoon temperature. After this we took a e-rickshaw to visit the famous Vitthala temple complex which houses Hampi's most beautiful architectural feats.
VITTHALA TEMPLE & MARKET COMPLEX (3HR)
• Took an auto tour of Hampi starting at the Vitthala Temple and ending at Virupaksha Temple.• Relaxed lunch.• Hired a cycle and explored the city.
When the time we reached the temple, the sun had began to set. The temple was so beautiful to watch during sunset. The temple had an entrance fee of Rs:30(the ticket can be used to see Lotus Mahal and Archaeological museum in Hampi but the validity of ticket is one day)and it has many cravings and many mandappa's. Each mandappa has its own style of sculptures or cravings.The place had a almost ruined temple top. The temple was worth enough to spent almost a hour or one and half. We had some many spots for shooting photographs. The temple was surrounded by cows for sometimes.
The skeleton of the ancient city of Hampi expands over a vast area—as far as the eyes can see.
The Vitthala Temple is known for the 56 Musical Pillar in the Ranga Manthapa. Where I think artists performed various forms of Art.When Struck, they make sound of "Sargam" that is "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa". They don't allow people inside the Ranga Manthapa. The guide can strike and show it to you.The Britisher took two pillars to check the material used and the technology, but could not find anything or come to conclusion.In front of Ranga Manthapa, a Chariot is fixed which is similar to the Sun Temple, Konark.Maharaj Krishna Devaraya visited Sun Temple, Konark and was impressed that he made a replica of it for the Vijayanagara Kingdom.How could I forget the "Pushkarani" of Vitthala Temple.Pushkaranis make an important part of Dharmic buildings like the Pillars, Gopuram and so on. I have seen it in all major temples in South India.I feel, as Sanathani traveled a lot and went on a Pilgrimage throughout their lifetime. Hence, Pushkarani became prominent.On the way towards Vithala Temple from Virukpaksha, you will find most of the structures and temple. Kondada Rama Temple, Achutaraya Temple, Sughriv's Cave and Kings Balance.On the third day, we covered Achutaraya Temple, climbed "Matanga Parbat".This is the view of Achutaraya Temple from Matanga Parbat.If you have seen Bajirao Mastani, you will remember this scene. It was used in a scene, when Bajirao plans to meet Adilshah.The Matanga Parbat would be second best to enjoy the sunset after the TB dam.Towards "Kondada Rama Temple" we saw this ...One can also see , "Mata Anjaneya Parbat" which is believe to be the birth place of "Pawan Putra Bhagwan Hanuman" ...We crossed the Tungabhagra river which flows behind the Virupaksha and hired a bike to reach "Mata Anjaneya" Parbat.The temple is believed to have a Swayambu Hanuman Statue, so we are not allowed to take pictures. I did not read the sign, a poojari who was watching on a CCTV footage stopped me from taking picture.Even I think this place would be Ancient "Kishkinda" kingdom of "Bali". Only Hanuman can life those huge boulders and can jump over those huge rocks and mountains.The fourth and the fifth day we kept for other structures such as Lotus Mahal, Hazara Rama Temple, Mahanavami Dibba, Ugra Narsimha , Badava Linga , Sasivekalu Ganesa"For this, we hired a rick for Rs.400 as we had completed most locations on foot.
The complex is considered the most famous spot of Hampi and consists of various temples and the Stone Charriot. Hire a guide for knowing and understanding all the elements of the temples.
As the epicenter of Hampi’s attractions, Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. Two things stood out for me: 1. The Stone Chariot, famously known as Kallina Ratha, is symbolic of the artistic perfection of the Vijaynagar Empire at the Vijaya Vittala Temple. Krishnadevaraya had come across the chariot at the Konark Sun Temple in Orissa while waging war on other states. He was so impressed that he decided to construct a similar structure. 2. The Musical Pillars at the Mahamandapam, so called because you can actually produce musical sound by tapping on the rock-solid pillars. Unfortunately we could not test out the musical quality of the pillars, since too many people have tried it resulting in breaking one of the pillars a few years back.
Situated in the northeast of Hampi, most itineraries start with the Vitthala temple. With a large tank outside its compound and the road leading up to it flanked by rows of pillars that at one point were a bustling marketplace, the entrance is quite dramatic. There are several interesting elements inside the temple complex -- the stone chariot (much like its more famour cousin in the Konark Sun temple complex), the musical pillars (which were unfortunately closed to public when we went), and the temple itself which can be navigated through only with a flashlight because of its interiors being cast in pitch darkness.