Hampi in Karnataka is a jewel in India’s heritage beauty. It has a lot of temples and also an important pilgrimage center for both the Hindus and the Jains. The architecture of these temples is admirable which tells us about the past and brilliance of craftsmen in those days.
This place is also known as “Kishkindha”, where Lord Hanuman was born. Situated on the banks of Tungabhadra River, Hampi houses the renowned Virupaksha and Vitthala Temples of India.
All you have to do is book your stay in one of the best hotels in Hampi Hospet and head out to the following Temples.
- Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple is said to be the crowning glory of India’s one of the most prestigious empires, Vijayanagar Empire. It is located on the banks of river Tungabhadra and is one of the structures in the Group of Monuments at Hampi, which is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and also houses idols of Goddess pampa & Goddess of River Tungabhadra.
- Vitthala Temple
Vitthala Temple is a classic example of splendid architecture and dedicated to Lord Vishnu and built in the form of a sprawling campus with a compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus. The other attractions in this temple complex are the Goddess’s shrine, the 100-pillared hall, the Kalyana Mandapa and the pillared corridor all around the enclosure wall.
- Achyutaraya Temple
Achyutaraya Temple is located between Gandhamadana & Matanga hills and built in 1534 AD by Achyuta Deva Raya of Vijayanagar family. The temple was constructed in classic Vijayanagar architecture style and is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara.
- Hazara Ram Temple
Hazara Ram Temple is one of the smallest temples in Hampi, which is located at the centre of the royal complex. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the walls of the Hazara Ram Temple are printed with Ramayana panels. Visiting this magnificent temple is one of the top things to do in Hampi.
- Laxmi Narasimha Temple
Laxmi Narasimha Temple is nestled on a small ridge of Vemulawada – Karimnagar highway and dedicated to Lord Laxmi Narasimha, an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. It is believed that a sacred stream of water runs through the Lord’s idol nd one can experience by the “Shri Padha Theertha” entrance.
Now that you are familiar with the popular religious temples in Hampi, go pack your bags, book a hotel in Hospet and embark on the spiritual journey.