The temple got its name thanks to the numerous rows of inscriptions carved on its outer walls. The temple can easily give a miss as it stand hidden behind the much larger Vittala Temple complex.

Just go behind the Vittala temple complex to reach this compact temple. The external surfaces are plan but the porches are decorated with the ornate pillars typical of Vijayanagara Architecture. The pillar capitals are decorated with lotus bud carvings.

Many huge rectangle granite blocks are used to make the temple wall. Over that are the long lines of carved inscriptions. If you go around the temple and make some close observations you can see some peculiar carving of geckos (lizards) and the likes carved on the wall. It seems the artisans wanted to have some fun with it rather any religious significance behind these.

While this temple is tiny in scale compared to the Vittala Temple next to it, the Inscribed Vishnu Temple is still a significant monument worth a visit. Though it's popularly called the Inscribed Vishnu Temple, this temple was originally a dedicated to Tirumangai Alvar, the last of the 12 Alvar saints.

The Alvars were poet-saints espoused bhakti (devotion) to the Lord Vishnu, hence this temple's proximity to the Vittala (a form of Vishnu) Temple. The inscriptions on the wall says this temple was built by Avubilaraju in 1554 CE.

Gecko image on Inscribed Vishnu temple

Gecko image on Inscribed Vishnu temple

Gecko image on Inscribed Vishnu temple


Inside Vittala Temple of Hampi

Vittala Temple

As the epicenter of Hampi's attractions, Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi.No amount of words can explain this spectacle.


Kings Balance

This 5-meter or so tall ‘balance’ is located near the Vittala temple.Also called as Tula Bhara or Tula Purushadana, the king used to weigh himself with gold, gems, silver and precious stones, and distributed to the priests.

Purandaradasa Mantapa

This is a small open pillared pavilion with whitewashed top dedicated to the legendary poet Purandaradasa who lived in Hampi.The pavilion is located at the river shore near Vittala Temple.



When translated into English, Rayagopura means the royal tower or gateway.This is the ruin of a tower whose construction was never been completed.

Riverside Ruins

The riverside gorge just north of the Kodandarama Temple is remarkable for the various clusters of ruins.

The sought after ones are the array of Shiva Lingas carved on the flat rock surface and the carved Anandashayana Vishnu on the rock cleft.


Wheels of Stone Chariot in Hampi

Stone Chariot

The "Stone Chariot", as it is often referred is the flagship tourist attraction of Hampi.This is not a chariot ,as the name suggests, rather a shrine built like a chariot.


Tungabhadra River

Tungabhadra is a major river in the south Indian peninsula. Hampi is located on the south bank somewhere in the middle of this river’s path. In this area the river takes a number of twists and turns owing to the rocky terrain.

The river has immense significance in forming the political & religious history of Hampi. The river along with along with the boulder-strewn hills formed the northern barrier of the capital. It was not easy for an invading army cross the river without the fate of a sure defeat.