Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple, Hampi

Virupaksha Temple
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Purnima Jain
Bengaluru, India1,229 contributions
Nov 2021
Hampi has hundreds of temples and shrines, some big and some small, but one of the most important—if not the most important—is the thousand-year old Virupaksha Temple. This one, with its gopurams (the ‘spires’) and its gate painted a vivid pale yellow, is easily identifiable even from a distance. Unlike most all of Hampi’s other temples, though, this one is still a living temple. You pay a fee to enter; you pay a nominal charge to deposit your shoes at a shoe rack (2 Rs per pair; no shoes are allowed inside the temple complex, and you are ‘advised to dress in traditional costumes such as saris or salwar kurtas’, according to a signboard outside. (As long as you aren’t exposing a lot of flesh, this rule seems to be relaxed; I was in jeans and shirt and didn’t draw a second glance).
The temple courtyard is huge, with the main temple dominating it and several other shrines and secondary buildings alongside. In one of these—just to the left as you enter through the main gate—is housed the temple elephant, Lakshmi.
Very aggressive monkeys all around this temple.
The most amazing part of the Veerupaksha temple was that their is a small room where you can see the inverted shadow of the Veerupaksha temple, under proper lighting, like the 'pinhole camera'.
Beautiful ceiling paintings in the main sanctum celebrating the stories of Shiva are a highlight of this Temple.
You have to cover the entire temple barefoot and the floor is all stone work, so if you are not used to it, it hurts like hell.
Parking is available right outside the temple. Also on the right side (as you enter), there is Hampi bazaar and there are small joints where you can have decent breakfast (sagar) and lunch (Mango tree).
Next to temple there is pushkarni (Water Tank) where you can feed fishes and Tungabhdra flows hardly 50mtr close.
No sooner you enter the temple, there is a statue of Nandi with three heads. There is a pillared hall in the center which is reckoned as the Ranga Mandapa.
Virupaksha temple is open for the visitors from morning 9:00 am to 13:00 pm. After about 4 hours, again the doors are open visitors from 17:00 pm to 21:00 pm.
In my opinion, from the tourist point of view, the temple is not particularly impressive and definitely way overrated. The only things worth checking out were probably the gopuram (the spire) and the frescos on the ceiling of the main sanctum. If you miss this, you would not have missed much.
For a detailed itinerary of a 7-Day trip to Hampi, Aihole, Pattadakal, Badami & Jog Falls near Shimoga from Bangalore, feel free to visit the Links tab on my profile on TripAdvisor.
Written December 25, 2021
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dhyancoelho
Mangalore, India201 contributions
Dec 2021 • Friends
Before I go on, I would suggest to take a guide when you visit this temple and the sights around.
Very beautiful temple, so much of ancient history and beautiful workmanship. One just marvels at the architecture.
There a elephant in the premises who blesses you for just rupees 10/-. More than the money it's a great feeling
Written December 12, 2021
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Akash G
Hyderabad, India195 contributions
Nov 2021
The picturesque height of this Shiva temple and location near Hemakuta hills and Matanga hills, make this temple a must-visit place in Hampi. Do not miss the pin-hole inverted image of temple's main gate and elephant inside the temple.
Written December 10, 2021
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Siddhesh K
Staines, UK241 contributions
Nov 2021
The picture of this temple is enough for anyone to decide that this is a must visit temple. Unlike other temples in Hampi, this is not a ruin but a functional temple with deities within so please respect the place.
If you want to know about the history and every small thing associated with the temple get in touch with R. Manjunath (+91 9620662209) who is best guide I have met in India. The authority with which he speaks, your visit will be worth.
Written December 9, 2021
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Vamsi
1 contribution
Nov 2021 • Family
Day 1:
Started from Bengaluru at 7:25 AM and reached Huligi at 3 PM
Breakfast in Sri Najundeshwara, Tumakuru
Chitradurga fort stopover for 1 hour (2-3 hours needed for full trek)
Tungabadhra reservoir stopover
Anjanadri temple
Stay at Samarth Residency Hotel
Dinner at Shanti Sagar (crowded and long waiting)

Day 2:
Breakfast in hotel
9 AM to 7 PM by Hampi Tours
Virupaksha temple plus Tungabadhra river for 1 hour 30 minutes; Hemakunta ganesha, Ugranarasimha and Linga 30 minutes;
Lunch at Hampi Paradise;
Lotus mahal; Elephant stable;
Queen's bath; Mahanavami dibba;
Krishna temple; Underground shiva temple; Vijaya Vittla temple; Sunset at Malyavantha Raghunatha temple.

Hotel was very good. Food at very good.
Written November 6, 2021
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Himanshu P
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India41 contributions
Dec 2020
Travelled SOLO.
One of the main attractions in hampi and a UNESCO heritage site. it's proper working temple unlinke others in the hampi region. every corner is worth clicking as the tungbhadra river flows by. Photogrpahers paradise.

Travelled in september month.

The temple is still in its pristine condition considering the ruins nearby.
The Laxmi elephant amazes the visitors. there's a small hall where to get prasad in form of rice and sambhar. it's full filling.

In summers it gets really hot. washrooms is a matter of concern.
Written November 5, 2021
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dillsefoodie
Bengaluru, India1,235 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is the one of the main temples of Hampi where still Puja happens. The architecture of the temple is marvelous. There is no entry fee but for special darshan and camera, there are charges. Don't forget to visite Lakshmi (the Elephant) and take some blessings from her.
Written October 21, 2021
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wandermay08
World41 contributions
Mar 2021
We hired a guide and this temple was part of the tour. Our guide explained the various dynasties that have ruled Hampi. He clicked photos for us. The temple area is well maintained and clean. Intricate carving details were well explained by our guide. We also touched the temple top virtually...you need to hire a guide to experience this fun stuff. Highly recommended place to visit.
Written August 27, 2021
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Manasa
Bengaluru, India807 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
The only working temple among the marvelous ruins of Hampi. A beautiful Gopuram welcomes you into the realm of serenity and devotion. The ingenuity of Dravidian architecture boggles one’s mind. Once again, to understand the complexity of the historical and architectural aspects, it is recommended to hire a guide. Mere words cannot describe the beauty of this temple so I would post some pictures for an idea.
Written March 18, 2021
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Eileen108
Mount Shasta, CA3,656 contributions
Dec 2020
Amazing temple complex with fascinating history. A guide is really necessary to discover interesting areas and facts, like the 'pinhole camera' in a dark corner. The guides will approach you while you are standing outside. We paid Rs 300 for a one hour tour with English guide.
Written January 27, 2021
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