Temples in Hampi

Temples in Hampi

Hampi is world renowned for its historical ruins and heritage but the main highlight is the temples of Hampi. The beautiful temples of Hampi are located along the banks of River Tungabhadra for which the city is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Since the city was the capital of the Vijayanagara empire - the largest empire post-Mughal era - be prepared to experience the grandeur and diversity of the temples in Hampi.

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Here is the list of 7 Temples in Hampi

1. Virupaksha Temple

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Also known as the Pampapathi temple, it is the most famous temple in Hampi and dates back to the 7th century.

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2. Hanuman Temple

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Atop the Anjenaya Hill, this temple is dedicated to Hanumana. 570 steps must be climbed by devotees to visit this temple in Hampi. The view from atop the hillock beside this temple is a feast for the eyes.

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3. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

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This temple of Hampi features the biggest effigy, of Narasimha sitting on SeshaNaag i.e. the seven-headed snake acting as a shelter to him. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is placed along with that of Narasimha.

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4. Hazara Rama Temple

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At the middle of the Royal Centre, this was a place of worship for the Royals. The walls and pillars are beautifully adorned with fascinating carvings, including the outside walls of the compound. This temple is smaller in size compared to the other temples in Hampi.

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5. Vithala Temple

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The most impressive structure in Hampi, the Vithala Temple dates back to the 16th century and is a truly splendid example of rich architecture. The famous stone chariot, which has become an iconic symbol of the architecture, is located inside the premises of this temple in Hampi.

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6. Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex

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The Hemakunta Hill houses a temple complex, many of them dedicated to Lord Shiva. These are all protected by a fort, providing a secluded atmosphere.

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7. Achyutraya Temple

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This temple of Hampi is also known as the Tiruvengalanatha Temple, after the main deity, a form of Lord Shiva.

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Hampi was voted as one of the must-see destinations in the world by the New York Times and visiting the temples of Hampi easily validates that.

This post was published by Roli Sharaf

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