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#4 of 29 Places To Visit in Hampi
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Sacred Centre foot of Matanga Hill, Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka 583239, India
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timings
All days of the week
5:30 AM - 1:00 PM
5:30 PM - 9:00 AM
visit duration
1 to 2 hours

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about achyutaraya temple

Nestled between Gandhamadana and Matanga Hills is one of the last glorious creations of Vijayanagara dynasty right before its fateful fall, the Achutya Rayas temple. Established in 1534 AD by Achyuta Deva Raya, the Achyutaraya Temple was originally named Tiruvengalanatha but gradually came to be called after the king.

Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the temple is laid out in the classic Vijayanagara architectural style. There are two concentric rectangular walls within which the main shrine is situated. While much of the temple and its surrounding structures are in ruins it has still managed to withstand much of the ravages of time, colonisation and weather, and even today its grandiosity and magnificence is undeniable. The temple's pillars, walls, towers are replete with fine carved ornamentation. Entering through its two stately, though ruined, towers you will find yourself entering the portal to the lost land of Vijayanagara empire. The inner small shrine once housed the idol of Garuda, mythical bird.

Guarding the inner sanctum are two club holding gigantic guard deities. Though now dark and filled with bats, the inner sanctum once housed the idol of the temple's presiding deity. The temple's complex opens out to a wide street called the Courtesan's street. The entire temple is a magnificent narrative on the myths, legends and folklores that are still an integral part of the region's socio-cultural fabric.

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