Virupaksha Temple, the main attraction of Hampi Bazaar, is one of the oldest Hindu Temples in city. The central 50 m high gopuram was built in 1442. There’s a smaller one that was added to the structure in 1510. The main shrine is devoted to Lord Virupaksha who is an incarnation of Shiva. You can have the blessings of Lakshmi (the temple elephant) and her attendant in the form of a kiss in exchange of a coin. The lovely Lakshmi takes her morning bath at 8.30am at the river ghats.
Hemakuta Hill that lies to the south, overlooking Virupaksha Temple, features a few vestiges comprising monolithic sculptures of Ganesha and Lord Narasimha (reincarnation of Vishnu in man-lion form). There is a monolithic Nandi statue at the east end of Hampi Bazaar. The Nandi statue has the colonnaded blocks of the ancient marketplace standing around it. Matanga Hill overlooking the Nandi statue offers breathtaking views of the terrain at sunrise. The Vijaya Utsav festival takes place in January at the foot of the hill.
|Timings||All days of the week 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM|
|Visit Duration||3 hours|