Sometimes referred to as the Vishnu Temple this is one of the recommended places to see the carving of the Ananta Sayana aspect of lord Vishnu with great details. That is Vishnu resting on the serpent Ananta. The temple is located at the north end of the Courtesan’s Street facing the Achyut Raya’s temple.

The long rectangular shrine is fashioned with a stepped porch in front. The unlit sanctum is fitted with a metal grille door. However if you are visiting this during the brighter time of the day, it’s not very difficult to make out the images inside the sanctum.

This long image of Vishnu portrayed with four arms is in a reclining posture on the coiled body of the cosmic snake Anantha. The snake with its seven-headed hood forms a canopy over Vishnu’s head.

One of Vishnu’s right hand supports his head. The other right hand holds the Chakra (the discus weapon). Also one of his left hands hold a conch shell named Panchajanya; the second left hand rests by his side.

His two consorts – Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and Bhudevi, the goddess of earth – sits side by side. In fact his feet rests on their laps. One of the goddesses rests her hand on the club wepon of the god kept near his feet.

Brahma, the three-headed creator god is seen sitting on a lotus, which sprouts from the navel of Vishnu. The whole image is carved on the vertical face of a rock placed inside the sanctum.

You would naturally pass through this temple courtyard if you walk between the Hampi Bazaar area and Vittala temple via the riverside trek path. The temple is at your right side, facing your path, when you exit the Courtesan’s Street and take a right turn towards the direction of Vittala temple. Look out for this shrine with a few steps just in front.

The temple can easily give you a miss, as it may appear as yet another ruined temple in an area packed with numerous such structures. The plain and humble looking exterior of the temple doesn’t help either.

Admission free. Photography allowed.

Rangatha temple location map

Rangatha temple location map

Rangatha temple location map

Riverside

Achyuta Rayas Temple

Consecrated in AD 1534, this temple is an example of Vijayanagara style temple architecture in its most advanced form than any other temples in Hampi.This was one of the last grandiose temple projects executed in the capital, before the fall of the empire.

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Ruined pavilions on Courtesan's Street

Courtesans Street

Once the liveliest of all the temple streets in Hampi, the Courtesan's Street lies in front of the Achyuta Raya's Temple .On entering this area you witness heaps after heaps of finely carved pillars scattered on either side of the street.

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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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Monolithic Bull

Locally known as Yeduru Basavanna or Nandi, this monolithic bull marks the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar.The statue is housed in a twin storied pavilion built on an elevated platform.

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Sugreevas Cave

This cave you would find on your way to the King’s balance from the Kodandarama Temple.Located almost on the river shore, this is a naturally formed cave by huge boulders one leaning over the other.

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.