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Virupaksha Temple in Hampi, Karnataka

Virupaksha Temple is located in Hampi 350 km from Bangalore, in the state of Karnataka in southern India. It is part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Virupaksha is a form of Shiva and has other temples dedicated to him. Queen built this temple to commemorate the king's victory over the Pallava of Kanchipuram. The temple has a dravadian style of architecture.

Virupaksha temple consists of a sanctum, three ante chambers, a pillared hall and an open pillared hall. A pillared cloister, entrance gateways, courtyards, smaller shrines and other structures surround the temple. Exquisite nine-tiered eastern gateway, which is the largest at 50 meters, is well-proportioned and incorporates some earlier structures Krishnadevaraya, one of the famous kings of the Vijayanagara Empire was a major patron of this temple. The most ornate of all structures in the temple, the central pillared hall is believed to be his addition to this temple.


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