Virupaksha Temple

Hampi, KA - 583239
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The Virupaksha Temple is a renowned Hindu temple located in the ancient city of Hampi, Karnataka, India. It is one of the oldest functioning temples in the country and holds great religious and historical significance.

Dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a form of Lord Shiva, the temple is believed to have been constructed in the 7th century CE, making it a significant representation of the Vijayanagara architectural style. Over the centuries, the temple underwent numerous renovations and additions, reflecting various architectural influences from different periods of Indian history.

The Virupaksha Temple is the focal point of the Hampi complex and stands as a testimony to the grandeur and architectural excellence of the Vijayanagara Empire. The temple complex comprises several structures, including the main sanctum dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, as well as shrines dedicated to other deities such as Pampa Devi, Bhuvaneshwari Devi, and others.

One of the most striking features of the temple is its towering gopuram (gateway tower), adorned with intricate carvings depicting scenes from Hindu mythology, celestial beings, and divine figures. The inner sanctum of the temple houses a sacred lingam (an abstract representation of Lord Shiva), which is worshipped by devotees from all over the world.

The Virupaksha Temple is not only a place of worship but also a cultural and architectural marvel, attracting thousands of pilgrims, tourists, and history enthusiasts every year. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recognized for its outstanding universal value and contribution to the cultural heritage of humanity.

Visiting the Virupaksha Temple offers visitors a glimpse into the rich history, spirituality, and artistic excellence of ancient India, making it an essential stop for anyone exploring the Hampi ruins and the Vijayanagara Empire's legacy.

Besides this landmark, there is one more landmark listed in Hampi. You will find the exact location of Virupaksha Temple on the map above. If you need any other information on Virupaksha Temple that is not listed here, please visit their website.

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