Which is the oldest temple in Karnataka
The oldest temple in Hampi Karnataka is the Virupaksha temple. He is the famous main temple in Hampi.
This temple, which can be found on the south bank of the Tungabadra River, was an important pilgrimage center for the worshipers of Shiva. Today the temple is visited by tourists and pilgrims alike. The annual celebrations attract huge crowds.
The exact origin of Hampi, the history of the sacred place and that of its myths are associated with this temple.
It is believed that the Virupaksha Temple has been used continuously since it was built in the 7th century. This makes it probably one of the oldest used temples in India.
The original place of worship consisted of just a few simple separate shrines with images of the gods and goddesses.
Over the centuries, the temple gradually grew larger. Until an extensive complex with many lower shrines, columned halls, flagpoles, lamp posts, entrances built over with towers and even a large temple kitchen was built.
Hampi - Karnataka, Virupaksha Temple
- We enter the temple area via the main entrance tower of the Hampi Bazaar temple.
- This east-facing giant tower (gopura) leads us into the first courtyard of the temple complex.
- It is the most famous landmark of Hampi Karnataka.
- The lower two floors are carved out of stone and decorated with decorative sculptures.
- The nine steps of the tower, which taper towards the top, are made of brick. Stucco figures decorate the whole building.
- We only get an overall impression of the tower from a distance.
- On the south side of the building are the famous erotic characters and couples.
The main temple faces east and has two large temple courtyards. In the first Tempelhof we come directly from the tower. Here we find a pillared hall at the far left corner of the Tempelhof:
- In the far right corner of the courtyard are the Kalyanamantapa, offices, ticket booths, a police station and an old well.
- The kitchen complex connects the two courtyards on the south wall.
- Through a narrow corridor we come from the "pillared hall" to the kitchen.
- A water canal system connecting to the nearby river was built into the floor of the kitchen complex.
- The remains of the supply channels can still be seen outside the temple.
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