Tiruvengalanatha, as it was known, was constructed in 1534 under the aegis of Achyuta Deva Raya the last king of the Vijayanagara dynasty. Located between the Matanga and Gandhamadana hills, Hampi. The temple eventually came to be known as the Achyutaraya Temple. The temple complex is laid out in the Vijayanagara architectural style and is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara. Unfortunately the ravages of time and climate have taken their toll on the temple, but its beauty and magnificence can still be seen in what is left. Intricate and fine carving on the walls, pillars and towers of the temple still speak volumes of the art and craftsmanship of those times.
Entry to the temple is between two towers and once inside you come across a small shrine dedicated to Garuda. Two huge statues with clubs in their hands stand guard to the inner sanctum of the temple. Once the sacred place holding the idol of Lord Venkateshwara, the inner sanctum is now dark and in ruins. Surrounded by myths and legends, the temple was and is an integral part of the social and cultural fabric of the region. A place that must be visited, if only to understand the grandeur of the days past.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week 5:00 AM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||1 to 2 hours|