Known for its majestic architecture, Chandikeshwara Temple was built during the period of the Vijayanagara Empire. Situated on the main road to Hampi, this impressive temple is situated just by main road to Hampi. It is dedicated to the Hindu deity Lord Vishnu and is one of the prominent temples in Karnataka. It is visited by a large number of tourists throughout the year.
The grand construction of the temple makes it one of the most beautiful temples in Hampi. It stands within a small compound and has a big hall situated at the front of the structure. The most fascinating part of the temple’s architecture is the richly carved pillars standing in the front hall. Each pillar is a creative piece of architecture in itself. Each pillar has been designed out of huge stones in a splendid manner. The pillars portray several themes from Hindu mythology and are a treat for the visitors.
There are two shrines that are located inside the compound. The main shrine is located at the center and contains the sanctum sanctorum of the temple. However, no idol can be traced inside the temple now.
The Chandikeshwara temple is one of the few structures in Hampi that have not been completely destroyed. A notable portion of the Temple still remains intact. The beautifully carved pillars have managed to conserve a wonderful part of the history in their construction. Though the temple is not in the shape that it used to be in, it still reflects the skilled craftsmanship of the workers of the Vijayanagara era.
Best Time To Visit: October – March
Entry Fee and Camera Fee: Not Applicable
Places to Stay: One can choose from various options at Hampi
How To Reach:
By Air: Bengaluru International Airport is the nearest airport ( 338 Kms )
By Train: The nearest railway station is Hospet Railway Station ( 10 Kms )
By Car: One can drive from Bengaluru to Yantrodharaka Temple which is 341 Kms
Important Things To Do:
- There are a lot of monkeys in and around the premises, so one needs to take care of their belongings
- There are shops around the temple which sell cucumbers, biscuits, and mangoes