Achutaraya Temple
This temple is an example of Vijayanagara style temple architecture in its most advanced form than any other temples in Hampi. The temple dedicated to Lord Tiruvengalanatha, a form of Vishnu , was constructed by a high officer in Achyuta Raya's court and hence the name.The temple complex and the ruined market street in front of it sit in a semi secluded valley created by two hills - the Gandhamadana & Matanga hills . Partially due to its off location from the main tourist track and the hidden nature of the temple's location makes it less crowded.this temple stands as an exemplary example of Vijayanagara style of architecture. The temple is located between the Gandhamadana and Matanga hills. It is one of the last grand creations of the Vijayanagara dynasty before the fall of the great empire.A major part of the temple and its surrounding structures are in a damaged condition. The pillars, towers and walls have fine carved ornamentation.The temple is clearly visible from the summit of the Matanga Hill. Unlike other temple complexes of the Vijayanagara Empire, the Achyuta Raya temple complex has two enclosures, each having an entrance gopura. The main temple is situated within the inner enclosure. The inner wall of the temple courtyard is lined with pillared mantapas.The main temple consists of a garbhagriha, an antarala, sukanasi, a rangamantapa and an ornate mahamantapa. The mahamantapa of the temple is a spacious structure with a number of beautifully carved pillars.Dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara, the temple is laid out in the classic Vijayanagara architectural style. There are two concentric rectangular walls within which the main shrine is situated. While much of the temple and its surrounding structures are in ruins it has still managed to withstand much of the ravages of time, colonisation and weather, and even today its grandiosity and magnificence is undeniable. The temple's pillars, walls, towers are replete with fine carved ornamentation. Entering through its two stately, though ruined, towers you will find yourself entering the portal to the lost land of Vijayanagara empire. The inner small shrine once housed the idol of Garuda, mythical bird.

Achutaraya Temple




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