Achyutaraya Temple, Hampi

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An active place of worship within the Hampi World Heritage Site, Achyutaraya Temple represents one of the last architectural achievements of the Vijayanagara Empire. Consecrated in 1534, the main temple honors Lord Tiruvengalanatha, an incarnation of Vishnu. Other notable structures within the temple complex include a small shrine built in honor of Garuda, a sacred bird that served as one of Vishnu's modes of transportation. The elaborately decorated temple and surrounding structures sit in a valley between two hills, which adds a feeling of seclusion and privacy to this part of the archeological site. Make Achyutaraya Temple part of your personalized Hampi itinerary using our Hampi online trip itinerary builder .
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  • The Achyutaraya Temple is probably the most peaceful spot in all of Hampi, even during peak season. On one side of the temple are rocky hills, including the iconic Matanga hill. On the other side, veh...  more »
  • A lot of times it's been easy but the hands remain Abu-can you imagine the grandeur of old while watching the scale were felt like this is where I've heard that Angkor Wat and..
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  • It is a temple built by achyutdevaraya, brother of Krishnadevaraya dedicated to lord Venkateshwara. It is located at the base on Mathanga hill & can be accesses through the staircase near Monolithic B...  more »
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  • Excellent architecture but just the ruins remain here. I just imagined how the temple would have looked if it is functioning till now. Really a big temple. There are giant lizards in the surrounding. When looked from the Matang Hill Sunrise point, this temple looks really stunning. One of the must visit places in Hampi. Really a breathtaking and wonderful journey visiting Hampi. Hampi is 'Once in a lifetime journey'.
  • One of the Great structures of hampi, even this structure was used as logo to
  • Hampi, also referred to as the Group of Monuments at Hampi, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in east-centralKarnataka, India. It became the centre of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire capital in the 14th-century.Chronicles left by Persian and European travellers, particularly the Portuguese, state Hampi as a prosperous, wealthy and grand city near the Tungabhadra River, with numerous temples, farms and trading markets. By 1500 CE, Hampi-Vijayanagara was the world's second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India's richest at that time, attracting traders from Persia and Portugal.The Vijayanagara Empire was defeated by a coalition of Muslim sultanates; its capital was conquered, pillaged and destroyed by sultanate armies in 1565, after which Hampi remained in ruins. Located in Karnataka near the modern-era city of Hosapete, Hampi ruins are spread over 4,100 hectares (16 sq mi) and has been described by UNESCO as an "austere, grandiose site" of more than 1,600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India that includes "forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, mandapas, memorial structures, water structures and others".Hampi predates the Vijayanagara Empire; there is evidence of Ashoka Epigraphy, and it is mentioned in theRamayana and the Puranas of Hinduism as Pampaa Devi Tirtha Kshetra. Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, an active Adi Shankara-linked monastery and various monuments belonging to the old city. The toponym Hampi—traditionally known asPampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra orBhaskara-kshetra—is derived from Pampa, another name of goddess Parvati in Hindu theology. According to mythology, the maiden Parvati resolves to marry the loner asceticShiva.[12][13] Her parents learn of her desire and discourage her, but she pursues her desire. Shiva is lost in yogic meditation, oblivious to the world; Parvati appeals to the gods for help to awaken him and gain his attention. Indra sends the god Kama—the Hindu god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection—to awake Shiva from meditation. Kama reaches Shiva and shoots an arrow of desire.[12][13] Shiva opens his third eye in his forehead and burns Kama to ashes. Parvati does not lose her hope or her resolve to win over Shiva; she begins to live like him and engage in the same activities—asceticism,yogin and tapasya—awakening him and attracting his interest. Shiva meets Parvati in disguised form and tries to discourage her, telling her Shiva's weaknesses and personality problems.[12][13] Parvati refuses to listen and insists in her resolve. Shiva finally accepts her and they get married.[12][13]According to Sthala Purana, Parvati (Pampa) pursued her ascetic, yogini lifestyle on Hemakuta Hill, now a part of Hampi, to win and bring ascetic Shiva back into householder life.[14] Shiva is also called Pampapati (lit. "husband of Pampa").[14] The river near the Hemkuta Hill came to be known as Pampa river.[15] The Sanskrit word Pampa morphed into the Kannada word Hampa and the place Parvati pursued Shiva came to be known as Hampe or Hampi.[14][15][16] The site was an early medieval era pilgrimage place known as Pampakshetra. Its fame came from the Kishkindha chapters of the Hindu epic Ramayana, where Rama andLakshmana meet Hanuman, Sugriva and the monkey army in their search for kidnappedSita. Hampi area has many close resemblances between the place described in the epic. The regional tradition believes that it is that place mentioned in the Ramayana, attracting pilgrims.[17] Ancient to 14th century Emperor Ashoka's Rock Edicts in Nittur and Udegolan—both in Bellary district 269-232 BCE—suggest this region was part of theMaurya Empire during the 3rd century BCE. ABrahmi inscription and a terracotta seal dating to about the 2nd century CE have been found during site excavations.The town is mentioned in Badami Chalukya's inscriptions as Pampapura; dating from between the 6th and 8th centuries.
  • Its a historical place reminds us of our indian culture and pride and a great architecture of that time
  • One of my most favrt place in hampi....its a alone place ...no crowds around...u can sit there alone for a long time.... and you will get a top plan view of achytaraya from the top of mathanga hill....that view will amaze you....the planning was amaze....

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You'll find a number of simple guesthouses and homestays located in Hampi itself, primarily in the Hampi Bazaar district. North and south of the river, they offer comfortable rooms in modest former residential buildings. Further afield, a selection of more upmarket resorts and hotels sit on the banks of the river and the nearby lake to the northwest. Many visitors choose to stay in Hosapete, to the southwest, or the small town of Kamalapur, located just south of Hampi. Both offer a greater range of accommodations than Hampi, including hotels, resorts, and hostels.
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