One of the earliest buildings to the western end of the city,
Virupaksha Temple is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Lord Vishnu. The
temple houses shrines of Lord Shiva and Goddesses Pampa and
Bhuvaneswari. Parts of the temple is said to belong to 11th or 12th
century. It is amazing to see that how when a ray of light passes from
the east through a hole near the sanctum sanctorum, the shadow formed on
the wall looks like a miniature shadow of the temple tower.
To the south of Virupaksha Temple, atop Hemkuta Hills, is the early
ruins of Jain temples and the 6.7m tall monolith of 'Ugra Narasimha', a
form of Lord Vishnu with head of a lion and body of a man. He is shown
seated under the canopy of a seven-hooded snake. It was erected in 1528
during the reign of Krishnadevaraya and was carved out from a single
The Vithala temple is a World Heritage monument with fantastic
sculptural work from the time of Vijayanagar Empire. It features 56
'Musical Pillars', which reverberate when tapped and an ornate stone
chariot in the temple courtyard with an image of Garuda, the Bird-God
and the 9m tall statue of Lord Ganesha along with recently excavated
Next to the statue of Narasimha is the 3 m high Shivalinga that stands
permanently in water coming through an ancient channel.
A delightful blend of Hindu and Muslim style of architecture, this
palace features two-storeyed elegant pavilion situated in the 'ladies'
section' of the palace.
A 15m square structure, Queen's Bath is 1.8m deep, has stark exteriors
and highly ornate interiors and by delicate and elegantly ornamented
arched corridors and projecting balconies.
Just behind the legendary elephant stables, is one of the oldest
gateways of the erstwhile capital known as 'Singara Hebbagilu' (the
beautiful door), which was once the main entrance to the city.
Hazara Rama Temple:
The 15th century temple has finely carved basalt pillars in its hall
depicting incarnations of Lord Vishnu while the sculptures on the
exteriors of the hall depict main events from Ramayana.
Achuta Raya Temple:
Also known as the Tirvengalanatha temple, it was built during reign of
Achuta Deva Raya. Though the temple is in ruins now, the erotic
sculptures of the columns inside the open halls near the main gateway
are worth seeing.