A sprawling and huge complex, the Vijaya Vittala temple at Hampi, is a well known place, featured over and over in magazines, catalogues and films. Hampi has been written about by historians who wax eloquent about its magnificence and grandeur and all of them mention the Vijaya Vittala Temple as the gem of Hampi. Remnants of the township that flourished in the 15th and 16th century, around the temple complex still remain. The complex itself is huge and an amazing place to visit.
On entering the complex, you are accosted by a series of platforms laid out in rows. The centre platform holds Hampi’s most famous showpiece – the stone chariot - a shrine which houses the Eagle God – Garuda. Garuda is well known as the ride for Lord Vishnu. The stone chariot is intricately carved with battle scenes of the good versus the evil. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the stone chariot is placed in a manner that it faces the inner sanctum of the temple where the idol of Lord Vishnu is placed.
Moving away from the chariot brings you to the main hall. Going through a series of balustrades, each of them carved with images of Yalis and elephants you reach the Maha Mandapam. The well known and documented musical pillars confront you at this place. Each pillar is carved out of a single rock and emits a distinct and different musical note when tapped. Centuries of tapping by people have led to structural damage and hence it is now prohibited to do so. The complex holds many surprises like the pavilions within pavilions, sculptures and carvings.
|Entry Fee||No Entry Fee|
|Timings||All days of the week 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||3 to 4 hours|