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Vishnupada Shrine

Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the Vishnupada Shrine is among the popular attractions of Hampi. The shrine houses the footprint of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe, hence the name. Similar footprints can be seen on the rocks at the riverside and in the complex of the temple. The shrine also houses the Naga (divine snake), which clearly indicated that the temple was built in the honour of Lord Vishnu.

About the temple
Although the construction time of the temple is unknown, according to the legends Lord Rama visited here once with his wife Sita. The structure that we see now was restored by Devi Ahilya Bai Holkar, ruler of Indore, in 1787.

The temple complex has a 40cm long footprint of Lord Vishnu imprinted on solid rock. According to Hindu Mythology, the footprints mark the time when Vishnu demolished the realm of a demon called Gayasur by placing his foot on the demon’s head.

Around 1000 stone steps lead to the top of the Brahmajuni Hill that offers a breathtaking view of the temple. From atop the hill, visitors can enjoy some magnificent views of the Vishnupad Temple.

Interesting feature
If you take the riverside path to visit the temple, you will find two pairs of footprints near the Sugriva’s Cave. The two footprints are different in size, and it is believed that these footprints belong to Lord Rama and Lakshmana who came to this place in search of Goddess Sita. These footprints are worshipped with flowers and turmeric powder by the devotees. Tourists from all around the world flock to Hampi to see these sacred footprints.

Temple Architecture
Standing tall at a height of 30 meters, the temple has 8 rows of beautifully carved pillars that support the pavilion. The temple is built of large gray granite blocks jointed with iron clamps. The pyramidal tower of the temple rises up to 100 feet, with slanting sides. The alternately indented and plain sections of the tower are set at an angle to create a series of peaks joined at the top. The temple houses an immortal banyan tree Akshayabat, where the finals rituals for the dead are performed.

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