Hemakuta Hill

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hemakuta hill

Hemakuta Hill

The Hemakuta Hill lies south of the Virupaksha temple. The best way to access the hills is from Sasivekalu Ganesha – not the shortest, but definitely the cleanest!

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View of the Tungabhadra valley from Hemakuta Hill

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Double Storeyed Gateway atop the hill

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View from the Double Storeyed Gateway

The shrines, dating from pre and early Vijaynagara period, are located within a walled complex on the hill.

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Hemakuta Shrine Complex

These shrines display the typical Deccan architecture of the 13th and 14th centuries.

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Hemakuta shrines (Dravidian style)

These shrines have simple Shiva lingas in the inner sanctums.

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Hemakuta shrines

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Outside one of the shrines

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View of Virupaksha temple

Sunset – Hemakuta Hill
Hampi is known for its glorious sunrises and sunsets.

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View of the Tungabhadra Valley

Hemakuta and Matanga hills are popular sites to catch the setting/rising sun.

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Double Storeyed Gateway

Due to the proximity to the village, sunrises can be a stinky affair ! The best access to the hill is from Sasivekalu Ganesha. Avoid the urge to take the short cut which starts next to the Virupaksha Temple.

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Hemakuta Shrines

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View of Virupaksha Temple

One Response to Hemakuta Hill

  1. niranjan March 28, 2014 at 11:06 am #

    Added to my bucket list

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