Located on the way to Matanga hill is the rustic Hampi temple, Achyuta Raya. One of the best places to visit in Hampi, built around 1534, this stunning temple exemplifies the best of Vijayanagara architecture.
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The main deity of the temple is Lord Tiruvengalanatha, another incarnation of the ever present Hindu God Vishnu.
The temple was built during the reign of Achyuta Deva Raya, a Vijayanagara prince who reigned from 1530 to 1540, he became king after replacing his elder brother Krishna Deva Raya.
After the Vijayanagara Empire fell, this was one of the last great temples to be completed. Later, the Bahamani kingdom’s attacks resulted in the devastation of Achyuta Raya Temple.
Though a large section of the temple is damaged, even in ruins, the it’s grandeur may still be appreciated. The carvings on the pillars, towers, and walls are particularly impressive.
Because the temple is located in a sort of off-the-beaten-path location, it is far less crowded.
What to see at the Achyuta Raya Temple
The main shrine of the temple is enclosed by two rectangular concentric enclosures on each side of it.
Several of the external pathways are crumbling apart, adding to its mysterious charm.
When entering the inner court, one will observe a chamber that faces the porch of the main hall.
The central hall has a few carved pillars with beautiful carvings. A variety of motifs are depicted on it, including and Krishna holding the tail of Kaliya snake, also him playing his flute, and an elephant receiving blessing from Vishnu.