Sri Virupaksha Temple, Hampi, Karnataka
Sunrise to Sunset
Virupaksha temple is one of the most amazing places in India and is the main center of attraction in Hampi. The temple is famous for its architecture and it has been listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Virupaksha temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, which is associated with the Tungabhadra river as a protection of the local goddess Pampa. Virupaksha is an incarnation of Lord Shiva, and among all the ruins surrounding it, this temple is still intact and is still in use. It is believed that this temple is functioning uninterruptedly since its inception in the 7th century AD. It is one of the oldest working temples in India. This temple has ancient inscriptions, which are the 9th and 10th centuries. Originally it was a small temple, and before the foundation of the Vijayanagar empire, there was a sanctuary of Veerupaksha-Pampa. However, to make this small temple in a large temple complex, the ruler of Vijayanagara was responsible.