In the local language Chakratirtha means ‘the sacred water body that swirls’ . Located close to the Kodanda Rama Temple, this spot is considered the holiest bathing spot in Tungabhadra River. Local legend has it that at some special occasions the swirl in the river forms into the images of Rama, Sita and Laxmana. You can see a large number (esp. during the auspicious days) of pilgrims take a dip in the spot before visiting the temple. Along the bank of the river, slightly up on the hillside is a long open pavilion. This was built as a shelter to the pilgrims who thronged the area ever since this temple came into being.
This is the valley point of two hills- the Matunga Hill in south and the Rishyamukha Hill in the north. At this area the river gets narrower changes its direction along the valley. This can make the current swift and may not be noticeable from the surface. Do not venture into swimming at this point. If lucky enough, you can see the swirl pattern if the river has washed down the weeds into the Chakrathirta from upstream.
The flat sheet of rock at the riverbank facing the Kodandarama Temple is filled with many carvings of religious significance. For example, Shiva Lingas, footprints carved in a circular pattern, images of worshipers in praying posture etc. ( See also Gods of Hampi )
Also this is one of the spots where you can hire a Coracle to cross the river or for a side trip. On the flat rocky riverbank you can spot a number of Coracles kept for drying under sunlight.
You pass through this area during your Riverside trek from the end of Hampi Bazaar towards Vittala Temple along the Riverside Ruins .