Hampi, once the glorious capital of Vijayanagar Empire, is today revered for accommodating World Heritage Sites in the form of temples, enclosures, monuments and other structures. Virupaksha Temple located on the banks of River Tungabhadra is the most important of these attractions. The temple is dedicated to the Virupaksha form of Lord Shiva and consists of ante chambers and many beautiful halls. It is also known as Pampapathi (husband of Pampa, the local goddess) Temple among the local residents.
The temple was constructed way back in the 7th century and has been a principal pilgrimage center for the Hindus. Apart from the main sanctum, other attractions of the temple include sub-shrines, courtyards, towered gateways and a 9-storey giant tower called gopuram. The pillars of the temple features stucco figures of couples in erotic positions. Another highlight is the sacred pond of the temple that has many small shrines surrounding it.
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