Hampi is a treat to a person who wants mythology, history and adventure at the same place. It offers you a magical blend of mythological, historical stories and the remains of the same stories. These remains now known as the famous ruins of Hampi, force you to believe in all those mythological stories.
The temples of Hampi are a piece of great architecture and have detailed work of carvings on them. The temples are mostly built out of a single rock. During the period of Tuluva Dynasty and under the rulers like Krishna devraya and Veer Narasimha raya these were build.
The main temple is 165ft tall and it has eleven storey’s. it was built in the 7th century and located at the banks of River Tungabhadra. The temple is devoted to one of the forms of lord Shiva’s called Virupaksha. Throughout the entire temple you will see stone inscriptions dating back the 7th century. On the ceiling of the main temple you will see the colorful stone work depicting the marriage of lord Shiva and goddess Parvati.
2.ACHYUTHA RAYA TEMPLE
A magnificent proof of the South Indian architecture, it was build in 1539 by Achyutharaya brother of Krishna Devraya. The stunning and heavenly temple is devoted to Lord Tiruvengalanatha; he is a configuration of Lord Vishnu. However, later on, the temple came to be known after the king in whose reign it was built. Hence, it became widely known as the Achyuta Raya temple.
3.VIJAYA VITTALA TEMPLE & STONE CHARIOT
Vijaya Vittala Temple is the most famous ancient monument of the ruined city Hampi. It is famous for its marvelous craftsmanship and exceptional architecture. Exactly opposite to the temple a stone chariot is built, this chariot is built out of a single granite stone. The photo of this chariot is printed on 50 rupee note of Indian currency.
4.KADALEKALU GANAPATI TEMPLE
The gigantic structure of lord Ganesha is 15 feet tall and carved out of a single boulder. The belly of the idol is in the shape of a huge Bengal gram (saphed channa), known as kadalekalu in local language and so the temple is named Kadalekalu Ganpati Temple. It is a monolithic sculpture and the idol is situated in a big inner sanctum.
The Krishna Temple is known for its exquisite carvings and uniquely amazing architecture. The temple was build in the memory of victory of Krishna Devraya’s victory in a war with Gajapathi. In front of the temple you will find the ruins of Royal Street, the locals say it was a very famous and busy Spice Market back in the time of Krishna Devraya.
6.UGRA NARASIMHA TEMPLE
The idol of Ugra Narsimha is the largest of all, about 22 feet tall it was carved out of single stone, the idol is said to be built by a Brahmin in 1528. Behind the idol is a huge hooked snake. As many parts of the idol are damaged, the locals say that there was a huge temple there but now it’s an open space.
This Shiva linga was made of a single black stone inside a Mantapa (temple). The temple is situated at 2 mins walk from Ugra Narsimha statue. There is no roof to this temple and as a canal passes through here, the linga is submerged in water all the time.
The temple is an ancient shrine in Hampi with great religious significance. It is devoted to veerabhdra the demon king and incarnation of lord Shiva. The locals are very much devoted towards this shrine and many marriage related rituals are also performed in this Temple.
The temple is built below the ground level and is devoted to lord shiva. Inside the Garbhgira there is a Shiva Linga and but one cannot go to the siva linga as there are bats and they attack when one enters the inner parts of the temple. Opposite to it is the the nandi idol. A canal follows inside the temple so it is always cool inside.
10.HAJARA RAMA TEMPLE
Hajara Rama Temple was built in 1513 to commemorate a victory of Shi Krishna Devraya. It was worshiped daily by the members of the royal family. The temple is named ‘Hajara Rama’ because it has One thousand cravings of Lord Rama on the walls of the temple.