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Krishna Temple

The Krishna Temple at Hampi is one notable architectural marvel of Hampi. Dedicated to Lord Balakrishna (the infant form of Lord Krishna), this temple was built by Krishnadevaraya to commemorate the success of his Orissa campaign. The Krishna Temple is also among the Group of Monuments which is currently listed as a part of the World Heritage Monuments by the UNESCO.

Temple Overview
An inscription has been found on a slab in front of the temple, describing the conquest and the consecration by Krishnadevaraya on 16 February 1515. Built right in the centre of a courtyard, the temple houses a sanctum, an antechamber, an ardhamandapa, a circumambulatory passage, a pillared hall with three entrances and an open pillared mandap, in addition to a number of other shrines for the attendant deities.
One of the most noteworthy features of the temple is a pillar in the ardhmandapa that exhibits all the ten incarnations of Vishnu, including the rare one of Kalki.

Temple Architecture
It is believed that during the battle, Krishnadevaraya seized an image of child Krishna and brought it to Vijayanagara as war trophy. He then built this temple to consecrate the image. Every wall and pillar of the temple is decorated with sculptures and carvings of Lord Krishna in his various forms.

The carvings represent the Dashavatar – the ten incarnations of Vishnu. Some of them also exhibit the scenes from the Ramayana and the Krishna Leela. An impressive sight here is the huge stone hundi (or collection box) which has survived intact through the years.
The chief idol of the temple is of Lord Balakrishna, which is now on display in the State Museum at Chennai. The pillared halls and small shrines make the entire temple complex more attractive. The Krishna Temple stands testimony to the prosperous reign under the Vijayanagara rule.
The south of the temple is adorned with Banana Plantations, and to the east of the temple is a hall. On the left of the temple is a rocky landscape.
Further on, there are open spaces with remnants of stone walls, which might have been the residences of the traders, and a water tank, which supplied water to the bazaar, its residents and visitors.

Facts and Information

  • The Krishna Temple does not charge any admission fees from devotees
  • People can click photographs in and around the temple premises

How to reach
The nearest railhead to Hampi is Hospet. It is also accessible from Aihole, Badami, Bangalore, Bellary, Guntakal, Hubli, Hassan, Hyderabad and Mysore.



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