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Vittala Temple, Hampi
Vittala Temple is a 16th century structure that is dedicated to the Lord Vittala or Lord Vishnu. It is a 'must see' site for all tourists going to Hampi because of its beautiful, complex carvings and magnificent architecture, which is not matched by any other structure located here. This temple, situated on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River, represents the original South Indian Dravidian temple architectural style. Vitthala Temple was constructed during the reign of King Devaraya II and epitomises the style followed by Vijayanagara Empire.
Visitors are instantly struck by the ornate pillars and intricate carvings of the temple. The outstanding feature of Vitthala Temple is the Ranga Mantapa and 56 musical pillars, which emanate music upon tapping. The idols have been placed inside the inner sanctum where only chief priest is permitted to enter.
The smaller sanctum is open for general public whereas the monumental decoration can be viewed in the bigger outer house. A chariot carved out of a monolith is another major attraction that is present in the courtyard of this temple. Located in the east side of the campus, it has stone wheels that can move despite the weight of the chariot. Numerous pavilions, temples and halls have also been built within the temple complex.