The first and the most important structure to see in Hampi is the 7th century Virupaksha Temple considered to be the most sacred place.
Virupaksha Temple Since 7th century
The Virupaksha Temple is believed to be functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD making it one of the oldest functioning temples in India. The shrine in the temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, a form of Lord Shiva.
The Virupaksha temple is no ordinary place but one of the oldest and still functioning temple in India. Krishnadevaraya of Vijayanagar Empire was a major patron of this temple.
In the above photograph is the two giant iron bells believed to sound “Om” when used. The visitors are not allowed to use it now.
In the above photographs is the unusually three head Nandi statue. You will find this as you enter the main gates of Virupaksha Temple, Hampi.
The Virupaksha Temple Complex is so vast and detailed that it requires more patience and time to explore. While an ordinary tourist can do so in two hours or less with the help of a guide, a traveler with an eye to details may require more sources of information and time to explore it.
I was fortunate to be here in Hampi to have a glimpse of its ruins.
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