Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple
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  • Sapan Gupta
    Chennai (Madras), India124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Virupaksha Temple, Hampi
    This is such a beautiful architecture . Big temple complex and the place has lot of history. They have 3 headed nandi which was destroyed so ASI has placed 3 different Nandi to denote 3 times Pooja of Lord Shiva. You can do darshan very easily and temple complex has a elephant which goes by the name Lakshmi. She will bless you once you give some offerings. The inverted shadow of the gopuram is beautiful.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 26, 2023
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A marvellous place to visit
    When you start a tour of Hampi this is the first historical place you would visit. Hiring a guide is worth the money as the guide will explain you the nitty gritty behind the temple the past, the present and the future. It is not only architecturally beautiful but has lots of historical importance attached to it. Even to this date devotees say prayers here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written February 3, 2024
  • Nuthan Nagaraj
    Mumbai, India138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lost City of Vijayanagara Empire
    I was mesmerised looking at the vastness of the empire and their architecture, art and Natural beauty of Hampi. No doubt its one of the best UNESCO sites in India. Virupaksha temple is a Hindu Religious place Temple has huge Gopura (entrance architecture). Inside the temple one can see several deities, including Bhuvaneshwari (Karnataka State Deity) one can witness paintings on the ceiling of the madapam. good stone carvings on both side of the mandapa.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Sagarika
    Chennai (Madras), India60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magnificent, Glorious
    Virupaksha Temple is the main attraction of Hampi, the first time we saw it during our Hampi by the night - light and sound. As you walk through Hampi Bazar towards the temple, you are transported back into the golden times of Hampi. The feeling and the vibe, can not be explained. The architecture of the temple is exquisite but its uninterrupted history from the 7th century onwards makes it a pilgrimage for many. Please visit during morning hours as well as evening to enjoy the temple in full glory.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
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Manasa
Bengaluru, India1,008 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Vessense.Elizabeth
Munich, Germany25 contributions
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Jan 2020
If history, culture, religion fascinate you then this is a must visit place for you.
Hampi has all the above to offer, and that too in abundance.
So much that you need at least 2 days to tour the whole place.
And it's so beautiful that even after 2 days we couldn't have enough of it.
But as they say - all the good things have to come to an end, so did this tour.
The ancient city has many famous monuments and Unesco heritage sites which tell you why at its peak, it was the world's second-largest city after Beijing.
The well planned city had advanced water supply system, numerous temples, farms and trading markets with huge footfall of foreign traders.
Road from Bengaluru to Hampi is also amazing.
Written March 19, 2020
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Angeline Martis
Mumbai, India13 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
You are welcomed by the Main carved tower, which can been seen from far across. There is a elephant who blesses you if you offer fruits. The complex is big and it has many beautiful carved temples, where rituals are still performed. Main temple is dedicated to Pampapathi (Shiva), who married Pampadevi (Parvathi) after she did penance.
Written February 13, 2020
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tushar_pai
Milton Keynes, UK3,870 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A natural Shiv Linga shrine from the 7th century grew into the massive Virupaksha temple complex under the Vijayanagara empire.

The largest and probably the only functioning temple in Hampi, the complex attracts a lot of visitors.

The Hampi Bazaar is right outside the temple and what used to a market trading precious metals and stones in the 14th-16th centuries is today a vibrant local goods market.

The diety itself is ensconced in the sanctum sanctorum that can be reached via small side entrances and the crowd just keeps swelling up for the Darshan and it is near to impossible to stand in front of the diety and pray.

The water pond associated with the temple has a single turtle and loads of fishes who can be fed. Just a few metres away is the Tungabhadra river that can be accessed via steps.

A ferry to cross over to the base of the Anjanadri Hills (from where 575 steps take you up to the hill rumoured to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman) also available but due to the swell of the river and the heavy currents it was not operational.
Written August 9, 2022
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Devendra G
India962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Virupaksha temple is one of the main attractions of Hampi. It has one of the oldest svayambhu shivlinaga. Lord Ram had worshipped in this temple during his exile from ayodhya. The temple is an architectural marvel. One needs a minimum of two hours to explore the temple. It would be recommended to take a guide along to understand the historical importance of the place. Seperately, there is no climb or stairs for the temple and can be easily visited by elders too.
Written January 6, 2023
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
When you start a tour of Hampi this is the first historical place you would visit. Hiring a guide is worth the money as the guide will explain you the nitty gritty behind the temple the past, the present and the future. It is not only architecturally beautiful but has lots of historical importance attached to it. Even to this date devotees say prayers here.
Written February 3, 2024
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Sagarika
Chennai (Madras), India60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Virupaksha Temple is the main attraction of Hampi, the first time we saw it during our Hampi by the night - light and sound. As you walk through Hampi Bazar towards the temple, you are transported back into the golden times of Hampi. The feeling and the vibe, can not be explained. The architecture of the temple is exquisite but its uninterrupted history from the 7th century onwards makes it a pilgrimage for many. Please visit during morning hours as well as evening to enjoy the temple in full glory.
Written April 1, 2024
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65MSlippens
Johannesburg, South Africa247 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
The temple and surrounding structures are magnificent. The architecture is unbelievable if you take construction was started in 740 AD and this temple is in use since. The religious significance is noted in the amount of people that visit it.
Written January 9, 2023
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wandermay08
World41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Andrew D
Singapore, Singapore399 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Solo
This is the quintessential temple you should not leave Hampi without seeing. It is towering high right near to the main Hampi village. It charges a small entry fee, with separate photography fee if you want to take shots.

The best view of the Virupaksha Temple is from Matanga Hill just behind, so make sure you check out Matanga Hill as well.
Written December 28, 2022
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