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Virupaksha Temple Hampi

The temple Virupaksha in Hampi is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Hampi is also famously known as the temple town in south India, Which is at a distance of 350 Km from Bangalore(Capital city of Karnataka). It is also acknowledged as one of the world Heritage sites of UNESCO. It was constructed by the assistance of Lakkana Dandesha who was a commander under King Deva Raya 2.
The Virupaksha temple is built so strong that it's structure and stability never declined to show old. Many tourists visit this temple every year, particularly in the month of December. The chariot festival which is conducted once a year is celebrated in the month of February.

History of Virupaksha Temple
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The Virupaksha temple was from around seventh century. There are many scripts about Lord Shiva which were seen from the 9th century. It first made a small temple by the devotees and later developed in to a huge complex during the Vijayanagara rule. There are also changes which indicates some additions were made to Virupaksha temple during the last few years of Chalukyan and Hoysala Sovereignty.
Even during the war of some devotional groups did not effect (or) damage the temple in the year 1565. The temple is being worshipped even today and will be followed through out the coming years. Some of the major changes like painting and addition of towers were done in the 19th century.

Architecture of Virupaksha Temple
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The Temple has a big hall to worship, Pillars with beautiful structures and images carved on them. There are pillared monastery,courtyards and few small shrines. There are entrances around the temple in four directions. Among all the entrances, the east facing gateway is the greatest. People can enter the temple through the north face.
During the ruling of the king , Krishna devaraya has offered more help in the building of this temple . It is also believed that the main pillared hall with beautiful structure is his addition. There is also a big stone slab in the hall which has inscriptions that explains his offerings for the temple.
Surround this temple there are plenty of small mandapams . There is also an ancient shopping center which is interlined with mandapams in front of this temple.