Achyuta Raya Temple is one of the magnificent and major temples of Hampi, located between Gandhamadana and Matanga Hills. Built in 1534 AD, during King Achyuta Deva Raya (1530-1542) by an officer Salakaraju Tirumaladeva. It is dedicated to Thiruvengalanatha or Lord Venkateshwara.
The temple is laid out in the classic Vijayanagara architectural style. There are two concentric rectangular walls within which the main shrine is situated. Opposite to the temple is the shrine for Garuda, the celestial bird and the vehicle of Vishnu. The main deity in the temple is missing and the Garbha Griha (sanctum) of the temple is standing on pillars put in place in the recent past by Archaeology Department to support the dilapidated structure from further deterioration. Very typical of the Vijayanagara Architecture, the temple and the Kalyana Mantapa pillars pose as if being supported by mythical Yalis. The temple pillars also have carvings of tales and episodes from Ramayana and Mahabharata.
- Timing: From 5:30 AM – 1:00 PM and from 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM on all days of the week
- Entry Fee: No entry fee required
- Photography: Allowed
- Visit Duration: About 2 hours
- Best time to visit: From November to February
How to reach Achyuta Raya Temple
The nearest airport is Bellary (Ballari) at a distance of about 64 km from Hampi.. Visitors can take a flight to Bellary and then avail local means of transport to reach Hampi.
The nearest railway station is located at the nearby city of Hospet at a distance of about 10 km from Hampi. Visitors can also avail other means of local transport to reach Hampi from Hospet.
Hampi is a town that has a good road network. The ancient town can be easily reached by buses that connect it to a number of major towns and cities in Karnataka.