Balakrishna Temple, Karnataka

Balakrishna Temple

A prominent historical site in Hampi is the Balakrishna temple, built by the ruler Krishnadevaraya in 1513. The main altar of the temple is dedicated to Bala Krishna and is one of the few temples, which tell the stories of the Puranas through its wall carvings. The idol of Bala Krishna, worshiped by Madhvacharya is believed to have been transported by sea from Dwarka. Legend has it that this idol was worshipped by Rukmini, the wife of Krishna. Since its installation, the idol has been steadily gaining importance. Some sacred lamps recovered from the sea in 14th century, said to be lit by Madhvacharya, have been kept burning as a part of the rituals from the last 700 years.

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