....a continuation post to Hazaara Ramachandra Temple – Hampi Ruins, A Heritage Visit
19th June 2017.
After Hazaara Ramachandra Temple Visit on 17th June 2017, we had our lunch. After Lunch visited the Kamalapura Museum and Thungabhadra Dam. On 18th June 2017, some of us had been to Matanga Hill top after visiting the Monolithic bull just opposite to Sri Virupaksha Temple on the foot hills of Matanga. It was an awesome sight to see from the hill. In the hill we had seen two caves, may be Jain’s caves and Bairava relief chiselled on the rock. Kamalapura Museum, Thungabhadra Dam and Matanga hill will be written in a separate post.
After breakfast we started our third and final day ( 18th June 2017 ) of Heritage visit to Hampi Ruins. After seeing the monolithic bull at the foot hillock of Matanga, we proceeded to Achutharaya Temple, which just back side of the Monolithic bull mandapa.
Achutharaya temple was built by Hiriya Thirumalaraja Wodayar, a Mahamandaleswara serving under Achutadevaraya, the younger brother of Krishna Devaraya in 1534 AD. ( There are different versions - this content is taken from the book 'Hampi', written by Dr C S Vasudevan ) The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The inscriptions record the name of the temple as Tiruvengalanatha. However it is popularly called Achutharaya Temple by the local people. The temple is facing North within double enclosure wall known for it’s large dimensions and spacious courtyard fronted by a wide and long bazaar which is referred to a Courtesan street by some medieval period foreign travelers. This bazaar is known as Sule Bazaar or Courtesan Street.
The North facing sandhara temple has outer prakara with a lofty gopura on the north and the inner one has three gopura on the east, west and north. Cloistered pillared mandapa runs along the interior of both the prakara walls. The Large 100 pillared Kalyana mandapa to the west of the two north gopuras are in dilapidated. The Sanctum for Perumal and his consort are found within the inner courtyard. The sanctum sanctorum has sanctum, antarala, ardha mandapa, and a large 30 pillared ornate mahamandapa. The Thayar sannadhi is on the south-west of the main sanctum and faces north. The Thayarar sannadhi is also built like a separate temple with sanctum, antarala, and a pillared ardha mandapa.
North side first level Rajagopuram
First and second level Rajagopuras
View from North entrance Rajagopuram
Thayar Temple ( Back side )
View of the temple complex from matanga Hill
View of the temple complex/ Bazaar street from matanga Hill
MONOLITHIC BULL ( Eduru Basavanna )
A spacious 750 meter long and 35 meter wide bazaar runs to the east of Sri Virupaksha Temple up to the Matanga hillock. At the eastern end are wo storied pillared mandapa and a massive well executed couchant monolithic bull facing the virupaksha Temple.
..... to be continued Bhima's Gateway.
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