Temple: Krishna Temple
The Krishna Temple in Hampi, Karnataka is a notable one with unique architecture. This temple is dedicated to Lord Balakrishna, the form of Lord Krishna when he was an infant.
The Krishna Temple – Overview
The Krishna Temple is also among the Group of Monuments which is currently listed as a part of the World Heritage Monuments by the UNESCO. This temple was built by the ruler Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara period in the year 1513 A.D. He erected this temple in honour of winning the battle and subsequent annexure of Utkala or the eastern reign of Udayagiri. This place is currently known as Orissa.
The Krishna Temple – Architecture
The Krishna Temple is known for its exquisite carvings and elegant architectural designs. The King Krishnadevaraya was a lover of art and architecture and the temples and monuments constructed during his reign are famous for their architectural designs.
The main idol of the temple is that of Lord Balakrishna which is now on display in the State Museum at Chennai. The temple campus is adorned with pillared halls and many small shrines. This is one of the rare temples which have epics inscribed on the tower walls. More or less, this temple is fairly intact and stands testimony to the prosperous reign under the Vijayanagara rule.
To the east of the temple lies a hall. Banana plantations are located on the right (south) of the temple. The long pavilions in the temple were initially shops. On the left of the temple is a rocky landscape. A leisurely stroll through these structures will lead one to the temple pond. This tank is not in use anymore.
A leisurely walk on the west side of the temple will lead one to view a rectangular building which may formerly be used as a granary. Interestingly this has been built in an Islamic style of architecture. Just behind the granary you can find a narrow passage of stairs which allows people to get to the top of the temple for a beautiful view.
How to Get to the Krishna Temple
The Krishna Temple is in Hampi and there are daily busies operating from Bangalore and other nearby areas to connect to Hampi. The nearest railhead to Hampi is in the town of Hospet and the nearest domestic airport is at Bellary.
The Krishna Temple – Facts
- The Krishna Temple does not charge any admission fees from devotees
- People can click photographs in and around the temple premises