Virupaksha Temple all Information
VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE is located in Hampi, Bellary district of Karnataka. Hampi was the capital of the Vijaynagara Empire. The temple was built by Lakkan Dandesha, under the ruler Deva Raya II also known as Prada Deva Raya of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Virupaksha temple is one of the Indian temples listed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The temple is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Shiva.
As per the history, the temple existed in a small structure. It is the Vijayanagara empire that completed this temple with grandeur. The temple is in the triangle structure, beautifully crafted in and out with sculptures and inscriptions.
- BETROTHAL: held during the month of March or April. Lord virupaksha’s idol is placed on the wooden chariot decorated with flowers and lamps taken out in the streets of Hampi. The procession of a chariot with chants and songs marks the celebration of the marriage of Lord virupaksha to the goddess Pampa.
- PHALAPUJA FESTIVAL: This again celebrates the marriage of Lord Virupaksha to the goddess Pampa. This is celebrated in the month of December.
- SHIVRATRI: usually falls in the month of February or March.
TIPS FOR VISITING THE TEMPLE
- Footwear not allowed, you can wear socks if you want.
- Photography of the idol is prohibited.
- No entry fee.
HOW TO REACH
- Nearest Railway Station: Hospet junction
- Nearest airport: Banglore
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