Hampi’s most attractive temples for a soulful vacation

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-Hampi’s most attractive temples for a soulful vacation:

Hampi is well-known for its stone temples, which have also made it a UNESCO World Heritage site. The ruins and stone temples that you witness here offer a peek to its affluent culture and history. As per the records, this spot flourished under the reign of Krishnadevaraya and was once known to be one of the wealthiest cities in India. Till date, there are several spots to visit that are a must for a soulful vacation here.
Sri Virupaksha Temple
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-Sri Virupaksha Temple:

Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple was constructed by Lakkana Dandesha’s assistant, who was a commander under King Deva Raya II. It is one of the oldest temples, as well as one of the beautiful places to visit in Hampi. This temple houses a huge courtyard and ancient structures, which will leave you awe-struck with its brilliance. It is advised that you hire a guide when here, so that you not only enjoy the magnificence but also learn more about this spot.
Hemakuta Hill Temple complex
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-Hemakuta Hill Temple complex:

It is one of the charming hillocks in Hampi, and boasts of more than 50 structures. Hemakuta Hill has three entry points and, as per the legends, Lord Shiva did penance here before he married Parvati. Situated on the Southern side of Hampi village, it offers breathtaking sunrise and sunset views.
Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
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-Lakshmi Narasimha Temple:

The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, also known for the statue of Ugra Narasimha, is the largest monolith statue in Hampi. This 6.7-m statue that was built in 1528 AD, was vandalised by the Mughals in 1565. The statue of Lord Narasimha, who is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu, depicts a half lion and half man sitting cross-legged with a fierce expression. Make sure you take battery backups with you, so that your camera is functional throughout the trip.
Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple
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-Sasivekalu Ganesha Temple:

You will find this temple on the south side of the Hemakuta Hill, and it derives its name from the resemblance between a mustard seed, which is locally known as Sasivekalu, and Ganesha’s belly. You get to witness a 2.4-m statue of Ganesha that has been carved brilliantly out of a boulderstone, which depicts a snake around Lord Ganesha’s stomach. This spot is also a must-visit when in Hampi, and its history dates back to 1506 AD.
Hazara Rama Temple
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-Hazara Rama Temple:


This is another major attraction in Hampi, which showcases the royal era. Dedicated to Lord Rama, the walls of this temple exhibit significant chapters of Ramayana through pictography. Not to forget, the splendid infrastructure of this place has been alluring visitors for centuries. It is very likely that this is the only temple in the capital that has its external walls decorated with bas-reliefs, whereas it got its name Hazara Rama owing to numerous Ramayana panels on its walls.

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