Famous Temples in India


Hampi, Bellary, Karnataka, India



Chandikeshwara Temple is a famous Vaishnava temple, although its name might suggest it as a Shiva temple. Though it is believed that in the olden days there existed a Vaishnava idol here. The sub-shrine possesses an idol of the Goddess, however no idol can be found inside the shrine now. A small shrine at the north west area of the temple compound, is dedicated to the Goddess Chowdeshwari.

Interesting Facts

  • The pillars of the main hall are richly embedded with Vaishnava themes like images of Lord Hanuman, 'Kamadhenu' or the 'Godly Cow' and that of 'Garuda' or the eagle.

Best Season To Visit

The best season to visit this temple is Winter season. The best months to visit are September to February.


Highest - April to June (38°C during day and 26°C during night)Average - May (37°C during the day and 21°C during night)Lowest - October to February (27°C during day and 18°C during night)Monsoon season - August to September

Dress Code

  • For men the dress code is Shirt & Trouser, Dhoti or Pyjamas with upper cloth.
  • For women the preferred dress code is saree or half-saree with blouse or chudidhar with pyjama and upper cloth.
  • These rules are applicable for foreigners also. Shorts, mini-skirts, middies, sleeveless tops, low-waist jeans and short-length T-shirts are not allowed.
  • Pilgrims/visitors will not be allowed inside the temple if dress code is not followed.

Do's & Dont's

  • Do bathe and wear clean clothes before you enter the temple.
  • Do respect ancient customs and co-piligrims while at temple.
  • Smo​king is strictly prohibited inside the temple premises.

transport connections

Name Distance Contact Number
Hampi Bus Station
500 MTRS 08049596666
Hampi Junction
1.3 KM 139
Jindal Vijaynagar Airport
36.3 KM ‎91-836-2237921


The Chandikesvara temple showcases the Vijayanagara style of architecture. The Chandikesvara temple stands within a small compound and has a big hall situated at the front of the structure. The most interesting part of the temple’s architecture is the richly carved pillars standing in the front hall. Each pillar is a brilliant piece of architecture in itself. Each pillar has been crafted out of huge stones in an impressive manner. The entrance to the temple is decorated with remarkable carvings of Yalis, a fabled creature from Hindu mythology that is part lion, part horse and part elephant. The temple has two shrines located inside its compound. The main shrine is located at the centre. This central shrine contains the sanctum sanctorum of the temple and once had an idol of the reigning deity installed there. However, no idol can be found inside the shrine now. A small shrine stands at the north-west area inside the temple compound. This temple is supposed to be dedicated to the Goddess. Even the small shrine is devoid of any idols. The Chandikeshwara temple is one of the few structures in Hampi that have not been completely destroyed. A notable portion of the Temple still remains intact. The beautifully carved pillars have managed to conserve a wonderful part of the history in their construction. Though the temple is not in the shape that it used to be in, it still reflects the skilled craftsmanship of the workers of the Vijayanagara era.


This temple was been built in 1534 A.D. during the rule of the emperor Achyuta Deva Raya.

Temple Timings

Day Timings
All Days 06:00 AM - 08:00 PM



Airport Name Distance
Shamshabad 40 KM
Lorem Ipsum 12 KM

Railway Stations

Railway Station Name Distance
Secunderabad 10 KM
Nampally 12 KM
Begumpet 6 KM
Lingampally 20 KM

Bus Stations

Bus Station Name Distance
kukatpally 20 KM
Lingampally 30 KM
Uppal 35 KM

Private Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Private Transport 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757
Private Transport1 8 KM 9546858757

Local Transports

Transport Name Distance Contact Number
Local Transport 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757
Local Transport1 5 KM 9546858757

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