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“Magnificience in stone”

Vithala Temple Complex
Ranked #2 of 59 things to do in Hampi
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Bengaluru, India
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“Magnificience in stone”
Reviewed 19 April 2014

If there is one place that is representative of the magnificience of Hsmpi, it is this. Exquisitely carved Stone temples are a delight gor every one. It also has one of the only 3 stone chariots in India. The musical pillars still produce a melodious sound that is ageless. This is one place in Hampi one just cannot miss.

Do carry a lot of water, for it can get very hot, especially since this area is rocky

Visited April 2014
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“Marvelous wonder”
Reviewed 15 April 2014

Vittala temple is major attraction and hence the most crowded. If you have a bicycle you can drive till the temple. If you have energy you can walk down the one and half kilometer stretch. We did not have both so we stood in line for the buggy. So if you walk there are small ruined shrines on the way, a bazaar and a temple tank. If you take buggy you go direct to the temple. Take a guide for there are plenty of stories here. Once you enter the main gopuram we get to see the famous Hampi Stone Chariot. Since this is a Vishnu Temple, inside the chariot is Lord Garuda. It is said that the wheels were movable but now to avoid the wheels from getting damaged they are cemented. If you look under the wheels or under the top of chariot we can see it is colored. So once upon a time the whole chariot must have been colored. The chariot was originally pulled by horses which seem missing now and only a little back of the horse is seen. Moving to the main mantapa is the marvellous musical pillars. Blessed are those who must have heard the sounds of the pillar. Now restoration work is going on so you cannot even climb in. It is unimaginable to think, both the musician and the sculptor went around looking for the right rocks that make the perfect sound and then they made pillars with varied size, depth and thickness to produce music. There was one ordinary pillar that the guide just struck to show the difference in sound. More than what people of this age and technology can think of. The main sanctum sanctorum is just rubble. Another interesting thing the guide told us was that Chinese did horse trading here. Long long ago they came all the way here to do horse trading? There are sculptures running along the bottom of the musical pillars mantap which shows Chinese men bringing in the horses and our men examining it. Hmm. Even the roof of the temple has a touch of Chinese pagoda style. See the pic above.
There is a kalyana mantapa, musician's court and a hundred pillar hall. I don't remember which one, I think it is the marriage hall, it has a huge full bloom lotus sculpted in the roof. Now if you walk from outer most entrance of hall to the center, it is carved like a bud of lotus blooming at various stages! Lovely. We walked around the temple and there was Anjanadri hill in a distance. Behind the temple is the king's balance

Visited February 2014
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Lisbon, Portugal
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“Sublime temple”
Reviewed 26 March 2014

In the heart of the most romantic ruin in India, the destroyed capital of the Vijanayagar Hindu Empire, built in a unique landscape of big rocks, lakes and river, the temple of Vitalla, that we visited at sunset, is the one jewel of Hindu architecture. Musical pillars are really not important compared with the supreme harmony of the building and the beauty of the place. There is no airports nearby, but I strongly advise all the efforts to visit it.

Visited November 2013
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“The most important monument in Hampi”
Reviewed 21 March 2014

Please do take a guide - this place has lots of stories that you will miss without a good guide - ask the security folks at the entrance - they will point you to the official guides - they charge about Rs 400 or so - their tour will take about an hour -the place comes alive with their stories

Visited February 2014
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

The Temple complex is along the banks of Tungabhadara River and a very scenic place. exellent to visti early morning. There are many architectural details so it will be worthwhile to hire a guide on the spot. I was particularly amused by the chinese influence in the architectural details.

Visited March 2014
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