Virupaksha Temple in Hampi is a must visit for history buffs and religious people. The temple is located on the banks of the river Tungabhadra and is one of the structures in the Group of Monuments in Hampi, which is a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inscriptions on this temple are dated back to the 9th and 10th century. Virupaksha Temple, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva, is a main pilgrimage centre in Hampi and is known as Virupaksha. The temple was constructed by Lakkana Dandesha and was small originally. During the period of the Vijayanagara kings, the temple was expanded. More structures and complex were added during the Hoysala and Chalukyan eras to make it as grand as it looks today.
Although Hampi has lost its former grandeur and glory, Virupaksha temple is fully intact and is a significant pilgrimage site. The temple’s towers are 50 meters high and the complex has gateways, shrines, courtyards pillared pavilion, three ante chambers, etc. The most interesting part of the structure is the inverted pinhole image of its tower present on the inner wall. The temple has its own elephant called Lakshmi. The best time to visit the temple is during the temple festival, which is held in December and February.
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