Varaha Temple which is located at the northern end of Courtesan Street is one of the most impressive temples in Hampi prominent especially for its architectural beauty and carvings on the wall. The temple is dedicated to Varaha Swamy who is one of the ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The structure of the temple is protected under The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, 1958. The temple is visited by a lot of tourists every year.
Myths And Facts Of Varaha Temple
- The walls of the temple have images of boars carved into them. The remarkable thing about these carvings is that some of them represent the insignia of the Vijayanagara kings.
- There’s a dispute among people in regard to the temple as one section of people claim that temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and not Lord Vishnu.
- The reason behind the Varaha incarnation of Lord Vishnu was to protect the earth from a demon named Hiranyaksha.
- It’s believed that the demon Hiranyaksha had dragged the earth to the bottom of the mythic ocean. Vishnu appeared as Varaha and went inside the ocean to rescue the earth. A long battle took place between Hiranyaksha and Varaha.
- It is also believed that the battle lasted for about a thousand years. Finally, Varaha emerged victoriously and saved the earth from the demon’s hands.
History Of Varaha Temple
Varaha Temple was built in the 13th century during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is considered one of the most religious locations in Hampi as the temple has its own significance as Lord Vishnu is considered one of the most popular deities of the Hindus so his incarnation of Varaha was also much-loved b the people of Hampi. Like most of the structures in the ruins of Hampi, the history and information of this temple could be not gathered.
Architecture Of Varaha Temple
The Varaha Temple has a remarkable architecture of its own which is fascinating for the tourists visiting here. The temple’s complex is a rectangular area bounded by a wall and has a huge entrance tower which adorns one side of the complex, The entrance tower present reflects the grandeur and beauty of the temple which existed years ago.
Also, there’s an image of royal insignia present on the walls of the temple which shows the significance of the temples during ancient times. The royal insignia comprises of four elements, namely, Varaha (the boar), Sun, Moon, and Dagger.
This east-facing temple is located at the bifurcation of a major riverside path. The trail that connects Kodandarama Temple to the Vitthala Temple passes along the southern wall of the Varaha Temple. At this point a branch trail heads southward to the Achyutarara Temple. From Varaha Temple you can spot the Ranganatha temple just across the path in front and Achyutaraya’s Temple tower at the end of the Courtesans’ Street.
Things To Know For Tourists
- Timing: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
- Entry Fee: No entry fee required
- Still Photography: Allowed
- Video Camera: Allowed
- Visit Duration: About 2 hours
- Parking Fee: FREE
- Best time to visit: November to February