Pics from Hampi: Part one

We saw numerous temples and historic/archeological sights during our stay in Hampi. If you want more information on any of them, you can explore Hampi’s chatty, informative but meandering website. For this post, I’ll try and let the photos do the talking. 😉

Virupaksha Temple

Virupaksha Temple dominates the area of Hampi Bazaar. You can see its tower from most vantage points in town. It is primarily dedicated to Shiva. A really beautiful spot and also good for people watching!

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Temple entrance

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Tower detail

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Inside the temple compound; another group of students on a field trip

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Inside the temple compound

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Lakshmi, the temple elephant

Kadalekalu Ganesha

Carved from a single stone, this massive Ganesh looms impressively in the shadows of a temple above Hampi. Impressive and atmospheric, even with hundreds of school kids milling about. 😉

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One photo with pilgrims to give a sense of how huge it was!

Sasivekalu Ganesha

Not as large as the other Ganesha but still impressive!

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At the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple

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The rabbit surrounded by cobras is a symbol of the eclipse

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Temple detail

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Massive Shiva lingam in water

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The temple’s piece de resistance: a massive statue of Narasimha; Vishnu with a lion’s head

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Vishnu’s close up shot

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