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#1 of 29 Places To Visit in Hampi
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Near Kalyan Mantapa, Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka 583239, India
entry fee
no entry fee
All days of the week
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
visit duration
3 to 4 hours

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Archaeologists, historians, curators and explorers scramble to describe the splendour, grandeur and elegance of Vijaya Vittala Temple. A sprawling spectacle with pillared pavilions within pillared pavilions and shrines within temples, the temple appears more like a town. Back in the 15th and 16th century, before Hampi was invaded, a small township was settled around its complex, remains of which can still be seen.

Inside the temple complex, is the famous stone chariot which is Hampi's most iconic structure. It was actually a shrine housing Garuda, the Eagle God, and a vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The entire body is carved with battle scenes. Given the temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the stone chariot faces the inner sanctum where Lord Vishnu's idol was housed, its presence and placement is symbolic.

The main hall has a series of balustrades carved with elephants and yalis, opening out to the maha mandapam where one of Vijay Vittala Temple's most popular and fascinating aspect is present--the musical pillars. Each massive pillar has been carved out of a single rock and the outermost pillars emit different musical tones. Unfortunately, due to unmindful tapping of the pillars over the years, they have sustained considerable damage and today tapping on them is prohibited. The entire complex is replete with fascinating and mesmerizing sculptures, carvings and stucco ornamentation.

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Anurag Mishra
Anurag Mishra
Mar 28 2014
its really a nice place, there are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus, really good place to visit.