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Virupaksha Temple

Sri Virupaksha Temple is a holy place dedicated to Virupaksha as an incarnation of Lord Shiva Hinduism in Hampi City, Karnataka State, India, or 350 kilometers from Bengaluru (Bangalore) built by King Deva Raya II of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 7th century AD. The temple is part of the Monument Group in Hampi which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The main temple consists of a shrine, three chambers, a pillared hall, and an open pillared hall. Gopuram or the gate has intricately carved walls, nine stories up to 50 meters high, a brick and stone base superstructure. The smaller eastern gate leads to the inner courtyard with many smaller temples.

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Another gopuram to the north known as Kanakagiri gopura leads to the Tungabhadra river. A narrow channel running down the temple terrace and then down to the temple's kitchen and out through the outer court. This temple grew under King Krishna Devaraya in 1510 AD as one of the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire.

The inscription on the stone plaque next to the pillar hall explains the contribution of King Krishna Devaraya who commissioned the construction of eastern gopuram. The rooms of the temple are used for various purposes, some of the space in which the images of the gods are placed to watch music programs, dance, drama, and so on.

In the middle of the 14th century there began to be a disposal of original art and culture when the Muslim invaders from the Middle East defeated the local rulers of the 16th century AD where most of the beautiful decorative structures and creations were systematically destroyed.

The Pampa and Virupaksha devotional groups did not end with the destruction of Hampi in 1565. The temple is used even today and has survived for hundreds of years. Some extensive renovations made in the early 19th century include a tower and ceiling painting.

The Virupaksha Temple is one of the oldest buildings in the city and the only remaining temple in Hampi Bazaar. Vijayanagara Empire ruled in 1336 AD until 1646 AD and Hampi lies on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in eastern central Karnataka near the border of Andhra Pradesh. Virupaksha Temple is Shiva incarnation built by King Deva Raya in Hampi

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Location: Hampi City, Karnataka State, India.

Routes and public transport: Flights to Hubballi Airport, then drive to Hampi City for 143 kilometers. Hampi is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in eastern Karnataka or 376 kilometers from Bangalore, 385 kilometers (239 mi) from Hyderabad and 266 kilometers (165 miles) from Belgaum.

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