Hemakuta Hill, south of the
Virupaksha temple, contains early ruins, Jain temples and
a monolithic sculpture of Lord Narasimha, a form of Lord Vishnu.
Hemakuta Hill offers excellent view of Hampi Bazaar.
According to mythology,
Lord Shiva did penance on the Hemakuta Hill before he married
Parvati. This was also the place where Lord Shiva burnt Kama,
the God of lust. This sacred hill lies to the proper right
of the Virupaksha Temple. At present, Sree Gayathri Peetha
Maha Samsthana, a religious organisation is located on this
On the hill are a large
group of temples built in pre-Vijayanagara and Vijayanagara
periods. According to the inscription found on the second
of these temples, the temple was built in 1309-1310 A.D. Two
temples, facing north, have a compact three-celled plan with
an antechamber, a pillared hall and an entrance porch. Their
beauty is enhanced by the well balanced but simple Shikhara
or spires above the sanctum. These shikharas are different
from the other shikharas found in Hampi. They are stepped
pyramidal in shape, resembling the Shikharas of Jain temples.
Hence these temples are also mistakenly called as Jain temples.
The other temples facing
north and east, on this hill belong to early Vijayanagara