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Chandikesvara Temple

Among the many popular temples of Hampi is the Chandikesvara Temple, situated by the main road to Hampi. This noteworthy temple is famous for its impressive architecture, and was built during the period of the Vijayanagara Empire.
The beautiful temple is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu, and is visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year. The temple is known for its pillared hall and impressive architecture.

Temple architecture
Standing within a small compound, the temple has a big hall situated at the front structure of the temple. Showcasing the Vijayanagara style of architecture, the most interesting part of the temple’s architecture is the richly carved pillars standing in the front hall.
Each pillar is a brilliant piece of architecture, impressively carved out of huge stones. The pillars depict different themes from the Hindu mythology and are a treat for the visitors. The entrance of the temple is embellished with incredible carvings of Yalis, a mythological character that is part lion, part horse and part elephant.
The temple houses two shrines. The main shrine is located at the centre, and contains the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. It once had an idol of the reigning deity installed there. However, no idol can be found inside the shrine now.
A small shrine stands at the north-west area inside the temple compound. This temple is supposed to be dedicated to the Goddess. Even the small shrine is devoid of any idols.

Temple Overview
The Chandikesvara Temple is one of the few structures of Hampi that still stands intact. The pillared front hall of the temple has managed to survive the devastation unleashed by man and nature through all these years.
The wonderfully carved pillars have survived the devastation and have managed to preserve its existence. However, not all portions of the temple have survived the devastations. The inner wall of the temple compound had a pillared cloister. Only traces of the pillared cloister remains today.
Though the temple is not in great shape, it still reflects the skilled craftsmanship of the workers of the Vijayanagara era.

Important Facts

  • Timing: From dawn to dusk on all days of the week
  • Entry Fee: No entry fee required
  • Photography: Allowed
  • Visit Duration: About 2 hours

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