India, India 2017

Hampi, Karnataka (2nd part)

The Virupaksha Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, stands out because is practically intact amid surrounding structures that lay in ruins. More importantly, it is considered the main center of pilgrimage in Hampi. The temple dates back to the 7th century AD. It started as a small shrine and grew to be a big complex during the Vijayanagara Empire.

Outside the temple we found two big wood chariots that are used during festivals. They are used to carry representations of Hindu Gods. They are very tall, some measuring up to 25 meters!

During our second day in Hampi, we also visited the royal enclosure, where you can find an impressive step well.

Among other shrines an temples, we also visited the underground Shiva Temple, the Lakshmi Narasimha statue and the Badavilinga Temple (where you can find the largest monolithic Shiva Lingam in Hampi).

To complete our tour around Hampi, our rickshaw driver took us to the other side of the river to Anjaneya Hill, which is believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman. The view from the top of the temple at the top of the Hill was simply spectacular!


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