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Virupaksha Temple  

  Hampi , Karnataka.
FREE

  • Spiritual
    Category
    Spiritual
  • duration
    Duration
    30 - 45 Min
  • mobile_voucher
    Mobile Voucher
    Accepted
  • accepts donations
    Donation
    Accepts
  • parking
    Parking
    Available
  • snacks counter
    Snacks counter
    Available
  • tour guide
    Guided Tour
    Available
  • baby friendly
    Couple
    Friendly
  • ExploreBees
    Baby
    Friendly
  • restroom
    Restroom
    Available
  • sitting area
    Sitting Area
    Available
  • footwear counter
    Footwear Counter
    Available
  • souvenir shop
    Souvenir shop
    Available
  • prayer room
    Prayer room
    Available
  • cctv
    Cctv
    Available
  • security guard
    Security guard
    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

The Virupaksha Temple is one of the most stunning landmarks in Hampi located beside the southern bank of Tungabhadra River. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is also known as Shri Lokeswara Maha Sila Prasada. Temple is noted for its architecture and has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The temple history dates back to the 7th century, it existed much before the Vijayanagara capital was formed. Temple is also known as Pampapati Temple and it is constructed in Dravidian architecture style. The temple started as a small shrine which turned up into a huge temple complex with the help of the Vijayanagara Empire. Some inscriptions in the temple describe the miracles of Lord Shiva and date back to the 9th and 10th centuries. In the 14th century, the Vijayanagara artists began artwork on the temple as carvings and paintings, but by the 16th century because of the attack by the Muslim rulers, their work was abrupted and most of the wonderful work structures were systematically destroyed. Although it was destroyed this was one of the temples in Hampi which sees a huge footfall of worshippers and a continuous approach towards renovations are being made.

The temple has a shrine or the holy place of worship, a hall with a number of pillars and 3 antechambers. There are courtyards, a pillared monastery, few small shrines; and entrance ways surrounding the temple. The temple is carved in stone, and its walls, pillars, panels, and columns are decorated with beautiful carvings depicting episodes from Shiva’s life, different scenes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and scenes from Krishna’s childhood. On its southern side are erotic inscriptions that are connected to fertility rites. Gopura further leads to Virupaksha’s main Temple. Its main temple has two large courtyards and faces eastwards. The courtyard has a pillared hall (100 Column Hall) at the far left corner. On the far right corner Kalyanamantapa, ticket office, administrative office, police outpost, an ancient well can be seen. The kitchen complex can be entered through this pillared hall. The floor of the kitchen has connections with the river to get access to water. Going further, you can spot the sacred bull, Nandi’s statue; with a backdrop of a wall that has a huge map of Hampi with all its attractions marked.


Tips

  • While on a visit to the temple which is a place of worship, you are advised to come decently dressed as a mark of respect.
  • if you want to spend some quality time and some peace of mind visit this temple around 06:00 PM.
  • don't forget to feed banana to the elephant and have 10 rupee notes to pay for blessings by laying its trunk on your head.
  • No Luggage locker room.
  • you can carry a camera for free of cost but Tripods are not allowed inside the temple.
  • Footwear stand will charge you INR 2 per pair of footwear. 
  • Be careful with your belongings, as there are monkeys here. Avoid carrying food items in the open.
  • Please note that temple closes for an hour or two in the afternoon starting from 1:00 PM to 05:00 PM
  • Timings: 9am to 1pm & 5pm to 9pm

Operational Hours

January to December
Monday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Tuesday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Wednesday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
Thursday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Friday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Saturday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Sunday 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM
Last Admission 07:00 PM

Things to carry

  • id card
    Id card
  • camera
    camera
  • water bottle
    Water bottle
  • sunglasses
    Sunglasses
  • cap
    Cap
  • medicine
    Medicine
  • sun cream
    Sunscreen
  • power bank
    Power Bank
  • Food or Snacks
    Food or Snacks

Things Not Allowed

  • no alcohol
    alcohol
  • no outside food
    Outside Food
  • no footware
    Footwear
  • 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
    3.1 KM
  • fuel station
    Fuel Station
    3.9 KM
  • restaurant
    Restaurant
    0.1 KM
  • hospital
    Hospital
    13.5 KM
  • pharmacy
    Pharmacy
    13.0 KM
  • hotel
    Hotel
    0.2 KM
  • bus stop
    Bus Stop
    0.6 KM

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