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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Hampi Sacred Center: Photo 1

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A relief model in the museum at Kamalapura shows the walled city in the distance and two major temple complexes between it and the Tungabhadra River. The temple on the right is the Pampapati ("Lord of Pampa") or Virupaksha Temple--Virupaksha being another name for Shiva. The Hampi bazaar stretches straight to the left and toward Matanga Hill. Just on the other side of that hill is Achutraya's or the Tiruvengalanatha Temple. Hugging the hill slope still farther to the left is the small Narasimha or Jain Temple, older than the others. Where Matanga Hill tumbles down toward the river's edge is the Chakratirtha, the holiest bathing place along the river. Facing it, the Rishyamukha Hill is a world-class jumble of granite boulders.

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