Hampi Hopping, Sacred Center: Outside the Vitthala Temple

The Vitthala Temple is one of the gems of Vijaynagar, so I’m splitting it’s photos into three posts. This post covers the area around the temple enclosure. The Vitthala Temple and its long colonnaded street form the eastern limit of the Sacred Center of Vijaynagar.

The east gopuram of the temple is the largest

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Smaller south gopuram

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View of Vitthala Temple enclosure from the south-west (Raya-gopura/King’s Balance area)

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North-east of Vitthala is a smaller temple with its own shorter row of colonnades. On the walls of its doorway are bas-reliefs depicting scenes from the Mahabharat epic

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Fallen deepstambha of Vitthala Temple with the long colonnaded street stretching behind it

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Puskharini of Vitthala’s colonnaded street

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Composite columns at the gateway of the Pushkarini

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The small mandap at the eastern end of the colonnaded street denotes the eastern edge of the Sacred Center

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