Hampi Hopping, Sacred Center: Vitthala Temple Subsidiary Structures

There are specific elements of the Vitthala Temple that are of historic and artistic importance, and many of these are present in the subsidiary structures. A prime example is the Garuda chariot (which is a Garuda shrine) in front of the main temple, which graces the back of the new Rs50 notes. I visited the temple on a busy day, and many people were taking photos holding out the currency note in front of the chariot.

The temple probably dates back to the late-15th or early-16th c AD, but a lot of the notable elements were added in the mid-16th c.

Main east gopuram from the early-16th c

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View of the forecourt

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Garuda shrine in the form of a chariot, mid-16th c addition. I might have gone overboard with photos of the chariot. Please bear with me. It really is quite an architectural/sculptural gem!

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The kalyan mandap has beautiful composite columns

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Looking between the kalyan mandap (right), and the main temple’s mahamandap towards the chariot shrine and another mandap behind it

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Side court

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The massive monolithic composite columns of the main temple’s mahamandap can be seen on the left. Kalyan mandap on the right.

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South gopuram

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Side shrine

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North gopuram and gnarly tree

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Back to the east gopuram

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