Shivappa Gudi (Siva Temple) is located to the north of Vittalaraya Temple in Hampi, Karnataka, built in early 16th century CE.
Facing south, the Siva Temple is an architectural marvel with highly ornamented pillars, walls and mantapas.
The Bazar in front of the Temple (to the north of Vittalaraya Temple) is wide and long.
The carvings on the ceilings, walls and the pillars are stunning, out of the world!
Temple structure is largely intact, though there’s no Shivalinga / deities inside Garbhagriha.
An amazing gem of Hampi. Not to be missed.
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Hampi (Kishkinda), Karnataka is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra 340 km north of Bengaluru.
With more than 1,600 monuments covering ~40 sq kms, Hampi is a World Heritage Site and World’s Largest Open-air Museum.
Hampi, referred to as Kishkinda in Ramayana, has ancient history traceable to thousands of years.
Most of the current day ruins were built by Vijayanagara kings during 1336 – 1565 CE.
Hampi at one time was most prosperous and considered to be the largest city in the World. As per the chronicles of European and Persian travellers, Hampi had dedicated trading markets for diamonds, pearls, silks, brocades, and had opulent palaces, marvelous temples, royal quarters, embassies for foreign emissaries, massive fortifications, large pools, baths, water management systems, aquaducts, pavilions, stables, riverside features, pillared halls, Mandapas, memorial structures, gateways and defence check posts.
Hampi – it’s a living museum!