Hampi Sri Virupaksha Temple :

God and Godess :

  • Virupaksheswara swamy
  • Bhuvaneswari devi
  • Lord Vinayaka

Location :

Hampi Sri Virupaksha Temple,
Hampi village, Hospet (taluk),
Bellary District – 583239,
Karnataka.

Timings :

  • Morning 09:00 AM to 01:00 PM
  • Evening 05:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Temple History :

Hampi is a village situated in Hospet taluk in Bellary district of Karnataka. This Hampi is 13km away from Hospet in two routes. One route goes through Kaddirampur and another through Kamalapur. Sri Virupaksha temple is dedicated to lord shiva. This temple is located on the south bank of the river Tungabadra, just next to where the local bus drops. This area, in general, has been an important pilgrimage center for the worshipers of lord Shiva. Virupaksha temple is equally sorted after by the tourists and pilgrims. The annual festivals attract huge crowds of both the types.The very origin of Hampi’s history as a sacred place revolves around the myths associated with this temple. It believed that this temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD. That makes this one of the oldest functioning temples in India.Hampi is also named as pampa which is old name of the Tungabhadra river. This Hampi is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in India. Hampi is a charismatic place even in the ruined state attracting thousands of visitors every year. In Hampi at every corner, there is a surprise. The every moment had a history. It is like an open museum. There is 500 plus(places) in Hampi to visit.

Worth seeing locations in Hampi: Virupaksha Temple, Government handicraft Bazar, Archeological gallery of old photographs of Hampi, Mathanga hill temple, Kadlekalu Ganapathi(Bengal gram seed Ganapathi), Sasivekalu Ganapathi(Mustard Ganapathi), Sri Krishan Temple, Badavi Linga (poor woman’s Linga), Lakshmi Narasimha, Uddana Veerabhadra Swamy Temple, Pathaleswara Temple, Hazara Rama Swamy Temple, Arasara Tulabhara, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stable, Puskkarini(pond), Queen’s bath,Vijaya Vittala temple, Achutaraya temple, Kondandarama Temple, Puranadara Mantapa, Mahananvanidioda, Watchtower, Museum near Hazara Rama Swamy Temple, Fort of Dandanayaka, Akkathangiyara Gundu (sisters stone), Kishkindha, and Anjana hills are the Worth seeing places at Hampi for all the Devotees and tourists.
History of Vijayanagara Empire:

The dynasty that ruled the Vijayanagara empire from 1336 to 1565 with a capital of Hampi constructed many forts, temples, and statues. The Vijayanagara empire was ruled by kings belonging to 4 different dynasties. That was established by Hari Hara and Bukka was Sangama dynasty. The first dynasty of Vijayanagarawmpire is Sangama. The four different dynasties are Sangama, Saluva, Tuluva, Aravidu. In these dynasties, Tuluva dynasty is famous in the time of 15th century. Veera Narasimha(1503–1509), Sri Krishna Devaraya(1509–1529), Achutaraya(1530–1543), and Sadashivaraya(1543–1571).

Sri Krishna Devaraya: After the death of Veeranarasimha his step – brother Krishna Devaraya came to throne, on 8th August 1509. The day of Krishnaastami and Lord Krishna’s birthday devaraya was crowned the king.Krishna devaraya has in his court great scolars known as Ashtadiggajas. Krishna devaraya constructs so many temples and ponds. Krishna devaraya had 2 daughters named Thirumalamba and Thingalamba. They married Ramaraya and his brother Thirumala of Araveedu dynasty.

About Hampi Nagara: Emperor Ashoka’s Rock Edicts in Nittur & Udegolan (both in Bellary district) suggest that this region was part of the Maurya Empire during the 3rd century BC. A Brahmi inscription and a terracotta seal dating to the 2nd century AD were also recovered from the excavation site.The first settlements in Hampi date from 1 AD. Immediately before the rise of the Vijayanagara kings, the region was probably in the hands of chiefs of Kampili, now a small town, 19 km east of Hampi.Kampili was said to have been founded by Gayathri Giri of Annar bara. Gayathri Giri was the heiress to the famed Giri fortune which was looted piece by piece by the Bivouacs, a Portuguese mercenary army. Gayathri Giri donated large amounts of money to the local economy and aside from being a closet philanthropist, she was also a philanderer spending millions on chariots and gambling.

Gayathri Giri’s biggest contribution to southern India was her penchant for setting up public washrooms and sheds for animals. Ruins of these sheds are still seen in Thanjavur and Rameshwaram. Gayathri Giri was said to be secretly in love with Premla Tapoonia, the queen of Mysore, and the constant rejection by Premla led to Gayathri’s eventual demise from a broken heart. Premla moved on to marry Suresha Pallava, the king of Humanavarnam.Hampi was one of the best areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1343 to 1565, when it was besieged by the Deccan Muslim confederacy. Hampi was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra river on one side and surrounded by defensible hills on the other three sides.The ruins of Hampi were discovered by Colonel Colin Mackenzie in 1800.The site is significant historically and architecturally. The landscape abounds with large stones which have been used to make statues of Jaina deities. The Archaeological Survey of India continues to conduct excavations in the area to search for additional artifacts and temples.The Islamic Quarter, sometimes called the Moorish Quarter, is located between the northern slope of the Malyavanta hill and the Talarigatta Gate. According to archaeologists, high-ranking Muslim officers of the king’s court and military officers lived in this area.

Festivals :

  • Mahashivaratri celebrations
  • Danurmasa Arambham – Special Poojas
  • Sri Chakra Teertha Utsavam
  • Sri Virupaksha swami’s Tepotsavam
  • Sri Datta Jayanti
  • Kalabhairava astami
  • Karthika Pournami
  • Sri sharada pooja
  • Varasiddi Vinayaka Varatam
  • Sravanamasa vrata for 4 weeks every Monday
  • Sri hanumat jayanthi
  • Dasara

Ticket price for rituals, darshanams & special sevas :

  • Archana
  • Abhishekam
  • Bilvarchana
  • Astothara
  • Sahasranamarchana
  • Ksheerabhisheka

Nearest Temples Around Hampi Sri Virupaksha Temple :

  • Bellary Sri Nagareswara swamy Temple – Bellary District – 65.00 km
  • Bellary Durgadevi temple – Bellary District – 66.00 km
  • Adoni Amba Bhavani temple – Kurnool district – 110.00 km
  • Urukunda Narasimha swamy temple – Kurnool district – 119.00 km
  • Pennaahobilam Narasimha Swamy temple – Anantapur district – 124.00 km
  • Harihar Harihareswara Temple – Dhavanagere district – 133.00 km
  • Pattadakal Sri Mallikarjuna & Kasi Vishwanatha Temple – Bagalkot district – 136.00 km
  • KudalaSangama Sri Kudala Sangameswara temple – Bagalkot district – 138.00 km
  • Badami Badami cave temples – Bagalkot district – 139.00 km
  • Nandikeswar Mahakut temple – Bagalkot district – 142.00 km
  • Mantralayam Sri Guru Raghavendra Swamy Mutt – Kurnool district – 161.00 km
  • Mantralayam Manchalamma temple – Kurnool district 161.00 km
  • Anantapur Iskcon temple – Anantapur district 174.00 km
  • Tulasigere Sri Hanuman Temple – Bagalkot district – 179.00 km

Nearest Bus Stations :

  • Hospet – 15.00 km
  • Bellary / Ballari – 65.00 km

Nearest Railwaystations :

  • Hospet – 13.00 km
  • Kariganur – 15.00 km
  • Toranagallu – 34.00 km
  • Bellary / Ballari – 65.00 km

Nearest Airports :

  • Kempegowda International Airport,Bangalore – 360.00 km
  • Rajiv Gandhi International Airport,Shamshabad(hyderabad) – 361.00 km

Photos of the temple :