Vittala Temple Complex in Hampi
History of the Vittala TempleThe temple was built by the 15th century AD. Many kings who have succeeded after that have enhanced the temple campus during their rule . Some of the ruins are still present in Vittalapura that existed around the temple complex. The highlight of the temple is the impressive pillars. The halls are engraved with lot of sculptures on the giant pillars at the entrance of the temple.
The temple facing to the Stone Chariot, with a series of steps flanged by the elephant balustrades opens up to the open hall in front of the temple called the Maha-Mantapa. There is a dramatic representation of the folklore on the walls, where dwarf elephants are seen fighting with the giant lion Yalis. The Maha-Mantapa has been kept on a high stand which has been carved with floral motifs all around. The lowermost of it is a chain of horses, trainers and traders.
Architecture of the TempleThe Maha-Mantapa has four open halls, of which the south, north and the east is intact. The western hall is collapsed probably during the conquest of the empire. The main attraction of the Maha-mantapa are its nicely carved gigantic pillars. It is said that tapping on these pillars gives a muscial note, thus the name musical pillars. These do not belong to any standard musical notes, but the musical tone of vibes has earned its name. This interests the visitors and are tempted to tapped number of times so tapping of pillars is actually banned so that it can be preserved.
The west is closed with two porches on either side which further leads to the inner sanctum. The ceilings have lotus shaped carvings at the centre just at the inner sanctum where an idol has been carved out. There is a narrow passageway that encircles the inner sanctum. The outer wall can be seen from this passage way which is decorated with Kumbha-Pankajas which is infact the showcase of body with the heads of a bull and en elephant.
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