Vithala Temple Complex
Vithala Temple Complex
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Pan_India_traveller
Chennai (Madras), India794 bidrag
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mar. 2024 • Alene
Temple History
It is believed the temple is Late 15th Early 16th Century built by Tulva dynasty . Vithala is Lord Krishna and this is a temple of Lord Krishna, There is no deity or idol inside hence is not in active worship, So one can wear Shoes to enter,
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How to Reach and other temples enroute to cover as part of half day.
Try to leave early around 730 am so that you can cover other temples too and finish Vithala by noon to break for lunch

By Foot Route 1(2.5 km) - from Virupaksha Temple > Kondanda Rama Temple> Yantrodhara Anjaeya Temple > Achutaraya Temple>Sugriva cave>Kings Balance > Vithala Temple
In this route you can pass by /cover the following temples - From Virupaksh temple walk down towards the monolithic Bull Statue(EduraBasava). If one wants to avoid climb, turn left at Hampi police station before the Bull Statue , and follow the path, This takes you Kondanda Rama temple, Just behind it is the Yantrodhara Anjaeya Temple. From Kondanda Rama temple you can see the dirt path and beginning of Achutaraya Bazaar Ruins to your right(South) and Varaha temple to your left. The bazaar ends in Achutaraya temple, Instead of turning right at Achutaraya, continue straight in the dirt path and youll see signboards for smaller temples and on your left a ochre+White stripes boulders.This is the Sugriva cave. Right next to it is the Sitas pond, Further down youll come to Kings Balance and the West Gopuram exit of Vithala Temple complex. Going around youll come to the Main gopuram entrance,

By Foot Route - 2(2.5 km) from Virupaksha Temple > Monolithic bull at end o Vithala Bazaar > Climb steps next to Monolithic bull > pass by Matanga hill on the right and Gandhamadha hill on left > Reach West entrance of Achutaraya Temple> Exit out the North gopuram to walk the entire Achutaraya Bazaar Ruins stretch and reach the T junction at Varha swami temple> Turn right to Sugriva cave>Kings Balance > Vithala Temple

Before the Kings Balance , there is a huge double pavilion gateway and this is followed by the Kings Balance which was used to donate precious stones to Brahmins according to persons weight,

By Vehicle from Kamalapura or from Royal enclosures - leads you to the entrance ticket counter,

Note that if you have walked from Achutaraya temple to Vithala temple, the ticket booth is not available here. There is instead a Board with a QR code for online purchase of ticket. One needs valid ID proof to be uploaded while buying the ticket online so ensure you have a softcopy on your phone.

Alternatively one needs to take the battery operated care to the main gate which is 1km away , purchase the ticket from the counter and return all the way back.

Please note this ticket is valid for the Archeological Survery Museum also and also for Royal Zennana enclosure. Ideally Vithala and Royal Zennana enclosure cannot be covered together if you are a history buff and take time looking at temples , so one can finish Vihala Vijaya and go to the ASI museum at Kamlapura post lunch
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What to see in the Complex

a.The vitthala temple complex has a village road which runs to the east from the main gopura outside for a km. There are 3 main attractions here. The Gejjala Mantapa , The sacred Pond or pushkarni , TheKudrekombe mantapa or the mantapa with Horse motifs. If you take the battery operated buggy, youll not be able to stop and see these placed. I would advice if you are active and strong to walk .

b.The main mantapa has musical pillars built from a single granite stone. As on March 2024 this was closed to public for ASI maintenance.

c.East of temple is the Chariot structure of Garuda"s shrine - the most famous iconic structure if Hampi. The wheels of the chariot used to turn but Notice now how they have been cemented to prevent vandalism.
The chariot was planned to be originally with horses, but now elephants from the mantapam entrance have been placed here. The tail of horses is still visible if you see behind the elephant youll see the tail of the horse(check my pic) . In Alexander Greenlaws original photo there used to be a gopuram on top of the chariot but its not longer there.
Note that the Indian currency 50 Rs (INR) note has this chariot as the image on it.

d.There are 2 mantapas on either side of the chariot structure - Kalyanan mantapa to the South and another mantapa to the north .The kalyana mantapa has yazhis on all 4 sides beautifully carved on pillars . Also check out the beautifully carved inner ceiling of this mantapa

e. Theres a 7 in one small sculpture in main mantapa outer periphery (bang opposite to the West gopruam exit area(check my pic) and near it the wall has a bangle type design and on this you have holes which used to divert the water during rains, to the lower level which also had holes - to give the whole place - a fountain like feel when it rained. This is on the South wall of main mantapa (see picture).

f.There is a 100 Pilar hall near South Gopuram .This has a KrishnaDevaRaya's inscription dated 1516 in 3 languages(Tamil,Telugu & kannada)

g. Entering the mantapa for the garbhagrha which has the krishnadeva raya slab inscription, Above garbhagriha notice the small gopuram's the left most idol. Vishnu is in pandarapura style( vitthala Krishna standing pose). Apparently this was how the main deity here used to look like and that's how this temple came to be called vitthala Krishna temple

***h. Inside the Garbha Griha on the left youll see a path leading you down 3 -4 steps. This is the path for circumambulation of the entire garbha griha. Its dark so one needs torch or headlight to illuminate, the Path is set at a lower level to garbha griha pedestal on which the original shrines were kept. Many miss to see this.

h. Exiting out To the North there is a small walled temple .Could be for Ramanuja. Doorways have Ramayana motifs .North West corner has a edifice for Thirumangai Alwar. There is ample evidence of mathas, kitchens , wells, madapas to indicate a residential population in this sacred centre of Vitalapura
Skrevet 10. mars 2024
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niluanu
Chennai (Madras), India672 bidrag
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feb. 2024 • Par
This 16th century temple complex is one of Hampi's most iconic sites. Maintained very well by the Archaeological Survey of India Limited, this complex contains several structures, all of which are worth looking at for the excellent architecture and the sculpture. Tickets are Rs.40 per head for physical tickets and Rs30 per head for online ones. The ticket covers two additional sites including the museum. Battery operated vehicles are available to transport visitors from the parking lot to the entrance at a nominal charge of Rs.20 per person.
Skrevet 1. mars 2024
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Akshay Sharma
New Delhi, India11 101 bidrag
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jan. 2024 • Familie
While on a tour to Hampi we visited this place. We were awestruck by the architecture and the small small things intricated into the temple complex. One need to hire the services of a guide to understand the whole complex. There are pillars of musical notes, ramayana stories, hanging pillars and what not. A must visit place while in Hampi.
Skrevet 3. februar 2024
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atyagi
Bangalore, India455 bidrag
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des. 2023 • Familie
All history of Hampi is shown here in once place, definitely need a guide at this place as they can give a peek into the excellent and sad history of this once prosperous city.
Go for a buggy to avoid the km walk from the parking,
Skrevet 29. desember 2023
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bangalore_ashish
Bangalore, India153 bidrag
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nov. 2023 • Par
This place is a must - visit . Spread across a large area, has an interesting history with lots of science behind .Also, you must hire a guide here since the guides know lots of minor interesting details that you would surely miss otherwise .
Skrevet 12. november 2023
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Big Indian Tours
Kochi (Cochin), India619 bidrag
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mai 2023 • Familie
The 16th-century Hindu temple is dedicated to Lord Vitthala (a form of Lord Krishna). The entrance fee is Rs 40, which is applicable to various locations, and there are no additional charges for photography. For a fee of Rs 20, visitors can use a battery-operated car that efficiently transports them from the parking area to the main entrance. Walking is also an option if you are looking for a different experience, with numerous picturesque spots along the way, including a splendid view of Anjayadri Hill. But due to the hot and sunny weather, the electric caddy service is recommended.

The monument has carvings depicting the legendary story of Ramayana, adding a rich cultural dimension to the experience. The iconic Stone Chariot, featured on the 50 Rupee note, is a central highlight that shouldn't be missed. Within the Vitthala Temple complex, there are 56 musical pillars, which are also famous as SaReGaMa pillars. They produce melodic sounds when tapped, showcasing the advanced engineering and artistic skills of ancient craftsmen.

Families with children may benefit from hiring a guide for the day at a cost of Rs 2500. The guide provides detailed insights into the monument, making it easier for children to appreciate the stories associated with it. Refreshments and washrooms are available at the site. Since the area is sunny and hot, it is advisable to carry a cap to avoid exhaustion from the heat. There are no clothing restrictions, meaning visitors can dress comfortably. The place is less crowded and provides ample opportunities for photography.
Skrevet 14. oktober 2023
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Sapan Gupta
Chennai (Madras), India124 bidrag
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sep. 2023 • Familie
One of the best place to represent the India Tourism. Such a beautiful place and luckily we visited on Monday and it was not crowded at all. We have ample time to spend at every nook on corner of this beautiful monument . We got the ticket for just Rs 30 which can be used at number of places. There is no photography charges. The battery operated car will ferry you from parking to main entrance at a minimal cost of rs 20. The legendary story of Ramayana was depicted in the wall of this monument. A guide for full day will be available at Rs 2500 and it is good to have guide if accompanied by children . Guide will provide the details and kids will enjoy the story.

The stone Chariot in the center which is featured in Rs 50 note can be witnessed
Skrevet 25. september 2023
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar8 624 bidrag
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mai 2023 • Venner
Really trust me , that small trail , around 2.5 kms is magnificent
You ll discover some temples , nice view on river and surroundings
We did it in Mai , it was super suite only some locals families
It s just stunning
Skrevet 26. mai 2023
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BenuBery
New Delhi, India134 bidrag
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feb. 2023 • Par
The entire site is spread out within a complex on top of a hill,comprising of several structures dedicated to dance , music, kitchen and dining hall, the famous carved stone chariot etc.
The workmanship and detailing is magnificent of the granite stones, though roughly placed have stood there since 18 th century.A timeless monument to celebrate victory of wars by 2 kings.
There is an entry ticket and Evan to cover the climb, efficiently managed, parking space and well marked out structures.The ticket is valid for a single entry to this temple, museum as well as the Lotus mahal or Zenana ghar which is a short distance away. Bonus is the Queen’s bath , typical of its times.
Guides are readily available to explain the mini model of the temple or play music on the hollow pillars made out of stone. Fascinating to see how a combination of animals are depicted in a single carving, such is the workmanship on display!
One truly feels overawed at this array of our ancestors artistry and skill at this engineering monument.
Skrevet 18. februar 2023
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Milind Kshirsagar
Nagpur, India336 bidrag
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des. 2022 • Familie
It include Vijaya Vitthala temple, stone chariot and Ranga Mandapam. Outside there is bazar as well. Visit early morning to avoid crowds.
Skrevet 10. januar 2023
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