Hampi is the undisputed bouldering capital of India. The entire landscape is made of granite crags and boulders, some bearing the marks...
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To the south, overlooking Virupaksha Temple, Hemakuta Hill has a scattering of early ruins, including monolithic sculptures of Narasimha...
Clearly a hit with music lovers. Prem Joshua’s fusion tracks get heavy airplay here, and there are a few guitars and drums on standby...
Virupaksha Temple information
The focal point of Hampi Bazaar is the Virupaksha Temple, one of the city’s oldest structures. The main gopuram (gateway tower), almost 50m high, was built in 1442, with a smaller one added in 1510. The main shrine is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Shiva.
If Lakshmi (the temple elephant) and her attendant are around, she’ll bless you on the forehead for a coin. The adorable Lakshmi takes her morning bath at 8.30am, just down the way by the river ghats.