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Sri Krishna Temple  

  Hampi , Karnataka.
FREE

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    30 - 45 Min
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • Disability Friendly
    Disable
    Friendly
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • dustbin
    Dustbin
    Available

Ticket

  • free entry
    free entry
  • adult ticket
    Adult
    FREE
  • children ticket
    Children
    FREE
  • mobile camera
    Mobile Camera
    FREE
  • still camera
    still camera
    FREE
  • video camera
    Video Camera
    FREE

Description

Krishnadevaraya the most celebrated king of the Vijayanagar dynasty built this temple in 1513 A.D. to commemorate his victory over Prataparudra Gajapati, the ruler of Orissa. The main idol installed in the temple was the figure of Balakrishna (Lord Krishna as an infant). This idol is now displayed in the state museum at Chennai. A huge slab installed inside the courtyard of the temple states the story of this temple and the conquest of Ulkala. This temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. During the battle, he seized an image of child Krishna and brought it to Vijayanagara. The inner sides of the entrance exhibit beautifully sculptured Apsaras standing on mythical animals and holding scrolls filled with panels showing the ten incarnations of the lord. An inscription describing the conquest and the consecration of this temple is found on a slab in front of this temple. Like all major temple complexes, Krishnapura, a suburb, is developed around this temple. This is one of the few temples where the epic stories carved on the walls of the tower. This is fairly an intact specimen of a Vijayanagara era temple.

Krishna Temple is built of granite and consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, an ardhamandapa, a sabhamandapa and a mahamandapa. All these are enclosed within a high prakara wall with a mahadvara, which has a gopura built of brick and mortar. The gopura is in ruins but it contains some good stucco figures associated with Krishna. The square garbhagriha is bare now, as the original image of Krishna has been removed. It is made out of greenish black granite showing Krishna as a child seated on a pedestal. The front entrance is well decorated with Vaishnava dvarapalas on either side and Gajalakshmi on the lintel. The sabhamandapa has four central pillars with relief sculptures of Garuda, Hanuman, Krishna as Kalingamardana, etc.

The mukhamandapa is an graceful structure with 32 pillars with entrances at north, south, and east. These tall and lean pillars have fine sculptures of Vaishnava deities. There is a garuda mandapa of Dravidian type and a dipastambha (lamp pillar) in its front. At the four corners of this temple once stood small shrines intended for subsidiary Gods. However, they are derelict now. The composite pillars and pillars with horses and yalis add exquisiteness to the temple.

Opposite the temple is a huge clearing, lining which are covered pathways. Said to be one of the ancient bazaars, where traders from across the country sold their wares, it is amazing to see how well planned it was, and how much of it survives after centuries! Further on, there are open spaces with remnants of stone walls, which might have been the residences of the traders, and a water tank, which supplied water to the bazaar, its residents and visitors. There is even a water channel, bringing water from the aqueduct that brought water from the river to the city! The Krishna temple and its bazaar are a lasting reminder that wars might bring victory, but it is administration and planning which survive, and bring glory! The Vijayanagar rulers certainly knew this, given the importance they gave to administration! 


Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Last Admission Open daily 24 Hours 365 Days.

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • selfi stick
    Selfi stick
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • first aid kit
    First aid kit
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank
  • Food or Snacks
    Food or Snacks

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no weapons
    Weapons
  • no pets
    Pets
  • no skate board
    Skate board
  • no smoking
    Smoking
  • no wifi
    Wifi
  • no plastic bag
    Plastic Bag

Near By

  • atm
    ATM
    1.0 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    1.8 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.9 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    13.0 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    12.7 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    0.6 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    1.0 KM
  • train
    Train
    13.0 KM
  • taxi
    TAXI
    1.0 KM

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