The Narasimha Temple, also sometimes referred as the Jain Temple, is built on a sheet of rocky slop of the Gandhamadana hill facing the river. A long flight of steps projecting out of the temple compound takes you to the temple courtyard.

The shrine is devoid of any idols. So it is not sure to which deity this temple was dedicated to. However there are enough evidences to of Vaishnava iconography on the temple walls.

The door lintel to the main shrine is decorated with the image of goddess Lakshmi in the seating position. Image of lord Vishnu is carved on either side of the doorjambs as the doorkeeper deity. These ornate doorjambs with its fluted design with a series of floral motifs stand out against a rather plain wall of the shrine structure. Also you can see a band of floral motif go around the wall of the shrine at a height. Above this band are the images of Hanuman, Garuda and an elephant. At some points the above floral band breaks where the perforated stone windows are located. Just go around the shrine to see them all.

The roof is of special note. The stepped pyramidal roof makes it look more like the type of architecture used in the Jain Temples.

Further up on the slops is a two storied gateway that makes the rear entrance point to the temple compound. This is in fact a vantage point to survey the panorama of the riverside.

Just outside the temple campus’ southwest corner is a tall stone carved lamppost.

Architecture used in this temple (known as Kadamba style) predates that of Vijayanagara. Stylistically the temple looks very close to the temples of the Hemakuta Hill. But the Hemakuta temples are Shaivite in affiliation, whereas this temple is more likely a Vaishnavite shrine.

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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.

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Yantrodharaka Anjaneya Temple

Dedicated to Hanuman, this functioning shrine is located just behind the Kodanda Rama Temple on the riverside.Probably this is the second most important shrine dedicated to Hanuman (also called Anjaneya ) in Hampi.

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Ancient Bridge

On the south side of the Purandaradasa Mantapa behind the Vittala Temple lies the trace of an ancient bridge.Currently only the pillars meant to support the top slabs of the bridge remain.

Chakratirtha

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.

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Kampa Bhupa’s Path

The trek rout is approximately 2 kilometer from the Hampi Bazaar.It’s more of a walk along a rocky, boulder-strewn terrain than any big trekking sort of thing that involves climbing.

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.

Kodandarama Temple

This river facing shrine looks humble but religiously significant.According to the local myths, this is the place where Rama killed Vali and crowned Sugreeva.

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