Monday, 27 July 2015

THE VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE - HAMPI

The Virupaksha Temple is one of the important destinations in India.

The Virupaksha temple is located at Hampi, in Bellary District Of Karnataka State.

a.      The Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka is noted for its architecture and has been listed among  the UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES.

b.   Hampi Sits on the banks of Thungabhadra River .

c.      Virupaksha is an avatar of Lord Shiva  , Pampa is the godess at the temple.
d.       It was originally small shrine constructed in 7th century.

e.      Even though it was small temple , major part of the temple was constructed during Vijayanagar Rulers time.

f.      The temple has been so constructed that the River Thungabhadra  flows along its terrace, descends to the temple kitchen and passes through the outer court.

g.        It is  believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD.  That makes this one of the oldest functioning temples in India.

h.       Over the centuries the temple gradually expanded into a sprawling complex with many sub shrines, pillared halls, flag posts, lamp posts, towered gateways and even a large temple kitchen.

This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard of the temple complex. This pastel painted 9 storied tower with a pair of cow horn like projections on top is the most prominent landmark in Hampi. The lower two tiers of the tower is made of decorated stone work.

FESTIVALS AT TEMPLE 

The temple continues to prosper and attracts huge crowds for the betrothal and marriage festivities of Virupaksha and Pampa in December.

The Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi which is about 350 km from Bangalore 13 km fom Hospet Railway station. The nearest Airport is Bellary.