Places in Hampi - General Tour of Hampi(4-6 hours)

Sasvekalu Ganesh Temple

Sasvekalu Ganesh temple

      Sasivekalu Ganesha situated on the south eastern slopes of the Hemakuta Hillock, this monolithic Ganesha is reffered to as the Sasivekalu (mustard seed) Ganesha it is about 2.4 meters high and is enclosed within an open pillard pavilion. The statue seated in half louts’ posture (Ardha padmasana).It is a four armed statue, the right upper hand holds the ankusa and right lower hand holds broken tusk, while the upper left hand holds a looped pasa (noose) and left lower hand holds bowl of sweets. The lower left hand and the trunk are broken. An inscription engraved on the rock nearby records that Vinayaka mantapa (pavilion) was built in 1506AD. By a trader belonging to Chandragiri (near Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh) in memory of Narasimha II (1491-1505 AD), of the Salava Dynasty. This four handed god is a fine example of the Vijayanagara's artistic skills.

Hemakuta Hill & Group of Hemakuta Temple

Hemakuta Hill

       The hill is situated to the south of Hampi village. This hill is basically an expanse of rocky sheet with interesting undulations. A large number of pre Vijayanagara (the empire) from 9th to 14th century temples of note are located in this hilltop. The highlights are the sets of triple chambered temples with its pyramid like granite roofs. This is an important mythological site in the local folklore. That explains the density of such temples on this hill. The hill was fortified when the main city was constructed, and a number of more recent temples, tanks, entrances, and gopurams exist on the hill, some of which were never completed.

Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple

       The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. This temple is dedicated to the Hindu god of destruction Shiva. The temple has an imposing 54 meters tall tower which is nine tiered on its eastern entrance. Virupaksha temple is believed to be one of the oldest active temples (from 7th century AD) in Hampi, Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. In 1510 A.D. Krishnadevaraya added the Ranga Mantapa and a Raya Gopura. There is a temple elephant and her name called Lakshmi. Entry fee is Rs.2, camera fee is Rs.50 and video charge is Rs.500-00.

Hampi Bazaar

Hampi Bazaar

       Hampi Bazaar is located in front of the Virupaksha temple. It is also known as Virupaksha Bazaar and is about a kilometre long, the east end of the temple ends at the foothill of the Matanga Hill. Both sides of the street are lined with a series of old pavilions, some of them are two storied. These structures were once part of a thriving market and residence of the nobles. A huge Nandi (bull statue) is located at the east end of the streets.

Krishna Temple (Balkrishna Temple)

Balakrishna Temple

The prominent historical Site is the Balakrishna temple in Hampi. This temple was built by king Krishnadevaraya in AD 1513 to celebrate his conquest of Udayagiri in Orrisa. He brought back a Balakrishna idol from Orrisa and placed it in this temple.

Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

Lakshmi Narasimha

This giant monolithic statue of the Narasimha is the largest icon in Hampi. About 6.7 metres high, stands within a walled enclosure at a short distance to the west of the road. Narasimha which is one of the ten avatars (incarnation) of lord Vishnu. Though of great size, it is a carefully carved and well-finished icon. Krishnadeva Raya made a grant in AD 1528 to the temple of Lakshmi-Narasmha which he had built and that the deity was made out of a single granite boulder by a Brahmana Arya Krishna Bhata.



Next to and on the left of Lakshmi-Narasimha statue is a small single-chambered Shiva temple containing an enormous monolithic Shiva linga about 3 metres high called Badavi Linga. A water channel flows through the temple. The depth is shallow and the priest steps in the water to perform puja and place flowers.

Vittala Temple Complex

Vittala Temple Complex

      This is one of the principal monuments of the city. It is dedicated to Vittala, an aspect of Vishnu. This temple built in 15’Th century under the patronage of Devaraya 2'nd (1422-46 AD). The temple is built on sculptured ornate plinth, the composite pillars of the maha mantapa (congregation hall) are massive, hewn out of single granite blocks, which are designed as clusters of slender pillars. Some of these. When tapped gently, produce musical notes. The stone chariot, at the entrance a reproduction of a processional wooden chariot, perhaps the most stunning achievement, typical of the Vijayanagara period. It houses an image of garuda, the vehicle of lord Vishnu. The orante kalyana mantapa (marriage hall).Utsava mantapa (festival hall), and Devi shrines completes the resemble of the temple complex. Outside the temple, to the east is huge Bazar or market where the horses were traded. Even today we can see the ruins of the market on both the sides of the road. The temple contains the images of foreigners like Persians selling horses. The bazar measuring 945 mts. in length and 40 metres in width leading to a sacred tank known as Lokapavani.

You have to buy an entrance ticket and the same ticket can be used to visit the Zenana Enclosure and Archaelogical museum in Kamalapur. Below 14 years free entrance.

Entrance ticket for Indians RS- 30-00.
Entrance ticket for foreigners     RS-500-00.
Video charges RS- 25-00.

Archeological museum in Kamalapur

Archaeological museum

       The collection in museum were made by the British Officers. The exhibits in this museum are manifold consisting of the elegant replicas of Krishnadevaraya most famed ruler of the Vijayanagara dynasty and his queens greeting the visitors at the entrance. The first gallery consists of sculptures of the saiva faith consisting of Virabhadra, Bhairava, Bhikshatanamurti, Mahishasuramardini, Shakti, Ganesha, Kartikeya with his consorts and Durga. The central hall has the composition of a lookalike a temple with the display of Shivalinga, Nandi, Dwaramantapa with a royal couple at front.
The second gallery consists of sculptures of the Vishnu faith consisting of Anantha Shayana, Lakshmi Narasimha,Garuda, Hanuman etc. The 3'rd gallery consists of antiquities like arms and armoury, copper plate grants, metal objects of religious utility and brass plates. In the display are the coins of Vijayanagara dynasty in various denominations of both gold and copper. The fourth gallery consists of antiquities pertaining to prehistoric and post historic period, medieval hero stones and sati stones. Stucco figurines, iron objects, shreds of porcelain, retrieved from excavations are also on display.

You have to buy an entrance ticket and the same ticket can be used to visit the Vittala temple and Zenana enclosure. Below 14 years free entrance.

Entrance ticket for Indians RS- 10-00.
Entrance ticket for foreigners     RS-250-00.
Video charges RS- 25-00.

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