Virupaksha Temple, Karnataka

Virupaksha Temple

The Pampapathi temple, also known as Virupaksha temple, is the oldest temple housing the deity of Shiva and Goddesses Pampa or Bhuvaneshwari. It is famously known as the Underground temple. Dating back to the 15th century, it is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi and is located on the foothills of Hemakuta on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River. Some parts of the temple date back to the 11th or 12th century.

The eastern gateway of the temple is an engineering marvel. The hall paving way to the Sanctorum, containing a 50 meter high gopurams, is decorated with beautiful carvings of animals and stories from Hindu mythology. Colossal pillared halls are a typical feature of this temple.

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