Hampi

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The objects of jaina art and architecture including jain temples are scattered in the area of 26 kms lying between the three hills and River tungbhadra. The stay arrangement could be made at hosepet or at the Ashram at ratnatraykut at Jain group of temples. The places to visit could be divided in two groups – on the side of hill and on the side of palace.

 

History- Hampi is one of the important pilgrimage center for both Hindus and Jains. It is stated that this was the place called kiskindha of Ramanaya the birth place of Lord Hanuman.

 

Virupaksh shivling temple: The most famous shiva temple called ‘Virupaksh temple’ is on the bank of river tungbhadra. the idols of shiva-parvati Sarasvati and other god and godesses are from 12 CAD.

 

Hemkut Jain temples: Hemkut jain temples are on the south sideof the virupaksh temple on the hill. These are of 6-7 CAD but there are no idols and these are not under worship.

 

Ratnatraykut (srimad Rajchandra ashram): The idol of bhagwan chandraprabhu is very impressive.

 

Parsvanath charan: The charan impression in the opposite direction indicates the omniscience of the tirthankar. Some people consider it as vishnupad.

 

The second phase of visit is near the archelogy office on Kampili road.

 

Ganigatti jain temple: it is near the office at the miles stone indicating kmapili 21 kms. The manstambh of this temple indicates the date of construction in 1386 AD by one Irug, the deciple of acharaya Sinhnandi. the tirthanakar images are on the entrance but now there is no idol in the garbhgriha.

 

Hampi meuseum: The hampi meuseum have numerous Jain images. the idols of- Tirthanakaras in Padmasan and Kayotsarg posture and charan impressions are very ancient.

 

Hajara Ram temple: this temple is dedicated to bhagwan vishnu but the images of tirthankara are carved on the walls and entrances.

 

Besides there are two ruined jain temples near pan-supari bazar near elephant stable.

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Hampi is 13 kms from Hospet and 158 kms from Hubli.

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