'Ganigitti temple' roughly translates to ‘the oil women's temple’! The reason for the curious name is unknown. There is the main temple and a small shrine adjacent to it. In front of the main temple is the Stambha (lamp post) with inscription on it. The temple is dedicated to Kunthunath, the 17th Tirthankara (Fordmaker) of Jainism.

The inscription says the temple was built in AD 1385. Iruguappa, the commander in chief and minister of Harihara II, commissioned the temple. Irugappa is also known for his sanskrit lexicographical work called 'Nanartharatnamala'. Both the composition as well as this temple commissioned by Iruguappa is historically significant.

The sanctorum of Ganigetti Temple doesn't contain the idol. However the parapet above the temple spots the stucco image of the Jain saint. This is a typical example of the early Vijayanagara architecture.

Inside the temple you can see some significant architectural features, of the early vijayanagara constructions. The large monolithic lamp post in the compound is another highlight. You can also see an ancient slab with inscriptions describing the circumstance of the temple's commissioning.

The Bhima’s Gateway, a gateway with military archetecture just behind the temple complex is an attraction worth a quick short walk. Ganigitti Temple is on the the Kampli road from Kamalapura.

You'll take this same road to reach Vittala Temple or Malyavanta Hill from Kamalapura village. While Ganigitti Temple is easily visible on your right soon after you've passed the Mayura Bhuvaneshwari Hotel, the Bhima's Gateway is a bit off from the main road. Take a path that goes behind the temple to reach the gateway.

Visit Ganigitti and Bhima's Gateway as part of the Route 5 described in the Hampi tour itinerary map.

No admission and photography fee.

Inscription in the courtyard of Ganigitti temple.

Inscription in the courtyard of Ganigitti temple. It says the temple was commissioned in 1386 AD by Irugappa, a general of Harihara II.

Jains were a prosperous and influential in the Vijayanagara period. Irugappa one of the trusted generals of Harihara II commissioned the curiously named temple called Ganigitti temple (the Oil-woman's temple). The inscription is located near the lamppost in the courtyard of the temple.

Islamic Quarter

Devi Shrine in Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple

Malayavanta Raghunatha Temple

From a religious and mythological point Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple in Hampi is very significant. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Raghunatha (Rama).


Hampi Landscape

Areas of Hampi

Hampi's attractions are clustered across many zones and villages. Typically a few miles apart, all of them are connected by road and at places by the local ferries.


Mohammadan Tomb and Darga

Yet another set of monuments standing in isolation.The first thing you would notice on approaching this area is two cubical structures, one with a domical roof and the other flat roofed.


Vishnu Temple

This relatively isolated temple is located midway to Vittala Temple from Kamalapura.This large temple is made of granite including the tower, a notable deviation from the rest of the temples in Hampi.

Talarigatta Gate

Talarigatta Gate (alternatively Talarighatta Gate ) was one of the main entrance points into the urban centre of the capital from the riverside.The main road to Talarigatta (the coracle ferry point near the suspension bridge) from Kamalapura pass through this arched structure.


Ahmed Khan’s Mosque and Tomb

This cubical tomb with dome appears in the typical Islamic style (Deccani) architecture.Just north of it is a rectangular pavilion with an array of circular decorated pillars supporting the flat roof.


Coracle ferry in Hampi located near the Kodandarama Temple

Sites in Hampi

Sites in Sacred Center area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Sites in the Riverside area:
(see Riverside Ruins)

Sites in Royal Center area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Sites in Islamic Quarter area:
(see Areas of Hampi )

Hills in Hampi:

Sites in Anegondi area:
(see Anegondi )