Prasanna Virupaksha temple is one of oldest temples in Hampi. Built during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire, the temple is located near the main road to Hampi bus stand. After visiting Lakshmi Narasimha Temple visited Prasanna virupaksha temple.
About Temple: The Prasanna Virupaksha temple dates back to the 14th century AD. The temple is dedicated to Prasanna Virupaksha, an avatar of Lord Shiva. The temple stands amidst a beautiful lawn covered in green.
The temple has remained buried for over four hundred years before it was discovered in the 1980’s decade. It is believed that Vijayanagara ruler Krishnadevaraya had donated extensively to this temple.
Prasanna Virupaksha Temple is also known as Underground Shiva Temple. The temple is dedicated to Prasanna Virupaksha, an avatar of Lord Shiva. The temple stands amidst a beautiful lawn covered in green. Temple was built many meters below the ground level hence, it is famous as Underground Shiva Temple.
The temple is believed to be a private shrine for the members of Vijayanagar Royal family only. The temple has remained buried for over four hundred years before it was discovered in the 1980’s. Prasanna Virupaksha Temple has a simple and elegant design. it has been constructed following the Vijayanagara style of architecture. It has the main hall (Maha Mantapa), Ardha Mantapa (courtyard), Garbhagriha (inner sanctum) along with antharala (a small hall leading to inner sanctum). Not many carvings can be seen on the pillars or inside the temple. However, it is believed that the shrine was used for private ceremonies. Prasanna Virupaksha Temple does not have a Gopura but consists of a flat roof. Visitors have to climb down the stairs to reach the temple from the entrance. The temple is surrounded by a lush green lawn and visitors can relax and enjoy their time at this place.
Temple is open for the visitors from 6.00 AM to 6.00 PM on all days of the week. There is no entry fee for this temple. No restriction on photography. It will take 30 minutes to 45 minutes to cover this temple.