According to mythology, Lord Shiva had done his Penance on 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 hill. 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 ante-chamber, a pillared hall and an entrance porch. Their beauty is enhanced by the well balanced but simple Shikhara or spires above the sanctum. These Shikaras are Different from the other Shikaras found in Hampi. They are stepped Pyramidal in Shape, resembling the Shikaras 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 period. Hemakuta Hill is an excellent place to observe the Sun-set when in Hampi. The hill has plenty of huge Boulders and makes an excellent spot to watch the sunset on any given day. Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading... 5 Responses Hampi backpackers blueprint in five days | The Land Out There February 27, 2014 […] Later explore the temples on Hemakuta hill. […] Reply Leta Gills February 26, 2014 Hey there! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I really enjoy reading through this site very valuable content. Reply Backpackers Blueprint around Hampi, African village & Gokarna | The Land Out There December 30, 2013 […] Later explore the temples on Hemakuta hill. […] Reply Land of ruins and boulders: Hampi, Karnataka | The Land Out There November 20, 2013 […] the must visit ones are Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha Temple, Hemakuta Hill Temples, Vittala Temple (the famous stone chariot is located here), Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Enclosures, […] Reply James November 14, 2013 Hey Sherwin, the new layout of your blog looks amazing. I mean it is bright and welcoming, good move, congratulations. Getting back to Hemakuta hill, it seems to be a very peaceful place. Thanks for sharing the pictures. Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.