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.
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.
Hazara Rama Temple
An important shrine and a hindu temple, this is located right in the middle of the royal omplex in Hampi. This temple was once the private temple of the Vijayanagara rulers and the others following them. The temple is now in ruins but the bas and the relics here still look beautiful. These are the specialties of the temple and on them are depicted the whole story of the epic Ramayana. The temple was built during the 15th Century during the rule of the Vijayanagara Ruler Devaraya II and initially had nothing but a single mandap. Later all the pillars and designed structures were added to make this temple look more beautiful. The name Hazara Rama came from the fact that there are a large number of idols and structures of the deity here. Also there are relics of royal scenes, horses, elephants and other royal animals. Surrounding this temple is a sprawling lawn which is a popular spot of tourists especially during the afternoon.
Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex
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.
Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
The specialty of this temple is the huge monolithic statue of Lord Ganesha which was built by a rich trader of chandragiri, which is the present day Andhra Pradesh. This temple was built in the honor of King Narasimha II. The idol of Lord Ganesha here holds a noosh in one hand, a modak in another, his broken tusk in the third and an axe in the fourth. It is said that once Ganesha ate so much that his belly was about to burst and so he took a snake and tied it round his belly as a belt. Even in this temple there is a snake carved on the belly of Lord Ganesha according to this story. This temple is on the southern foothills of the Hemakuta Hill and is almost in ruins.
Malyavanta Raghunath Temple
The Malyavantha hill, on which the Malyavantha Raghunatha temple is located, is the most sought after sunset point in Hampi. A small gate from the back of the temple opens to the west, with plenty of little rocks for one to choose their vantage point from. The sunset we managed to witness was truly one of the most special memories of the trip, the solitude and the beauty lending it a serenity quite unparalleled.
The island has a handful of places for sightseeing and we kickstarted ours with the Hanuman temple. It's a temple located on a hill where lord hanuman is said to be born and took around 20 minute ride from our guest house (Route Courtesy : our very own Google maps :D). A good short hike of 500 odd steps led us to the temple. The temple premises offers splendid views of the paddy fields and villages located near the foothill.
Infront of the Krishna Temple Complex in Hampi, there was once a buzzing market evident from the structure of the buildings around. Circled with rocky structures and raised platforms this is where the central marketplace of the city used to be during the times of the ancient kings. This place is now just a place of loose, huge rocks and historic ruins.
We left the temple around 06:15 pm. While along the way we saw a magnificent and beautiful Achyutaraya Temple. The temple has a beautiful outside complex. The view inside the temple was mesmerizing. The entire temple complex was covered with grass which makes it look beautiful. The temple was near to a hill.After spending sometime in the beautiful temple, we left the temple. We met many people from abroad in Hampi. We spoke with few of them. They had an really interesting story to tell and importantly showed patience to listen to our stories as well.
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
The Lakshmi Narasimhar Temple can be found around 55 km from Chennai and 21 km from Arakkonam, in Narasingapuram, Thiruvallur. From the times of grandeur and glory that existed in South India. The sanctuary of Lakhsmi Narasimha at Narasingapuram still gloats the period of Cholas and Vijayanagara Rayas. The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple is arranged in the town of Narasingapuram accepted to be named after the temple. There are around of 14 engravings in and around the sanctuary in which two of them have a place with the Chola period. Also, this stands as a prove that the sanctuary even survived the Saivism wave that produced results under the Cholas in the early period like numerous other vital Vaishnavite sanctuaries that survived it in South India in the early period. All these engravings are in Sanscritised Telugu which is still a nearby dialect winning in the encompassing regions of Narasingapuram.
Vishnu Temple Comlex
Located in Hampi, this falls on the way to Vitthala Complex from Kamalapura. It is very unlike other templex as there are hardly any carvings on the outside walls of the temples. Another difference you find in this temple is the granite tower here. The whole temple is on an elevated platform and there are just a few flowers motifs and Yali faces on the outer walls and pillars of the buildings. There is also a dome with a brick tower beside the second level shrine of the temple and the all over structure of the temple makes it look less of a Hindu Temple and more of a Jain Temple.