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Varaha Temple

Varaha Temple

One of the finest examples of Vijayanagara style of architecture, Varaha Temple attracts visitors for its architectural beauty. The temple is dedicated to Varaha, who is the third avatar of the Lord Vishnu, in the form of a boar. The legend goes that he appeared in this world to kill Hiranyaksha, a demon who was causing suffering to the people on earth. Varaha had a boar's head on a man's body. The temple is named after him but surprisingly the main shrine does not have any idol of the lord. There is a charming river located near the temple.

Some of the portions of the temple are in ruins, yet the temple retains its old-world charm. Its wall carvings are simply mind blowing. The bas-reliefs( relief sculptures in which the figures project slightly from the background) on the walls are notable. The temple has an entrance tower, which looks beautiful. Although the top portion of the tower was destroyed long time back, but still the tower has its own charm. The temple complex was designed in rectangular shape. The temple has been renovated by the Archaeological Survey of India.

There are several legends linked to the temple. One of the study says that the temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva and not Lord Vishnu. However, due to the lack of authentic proofs, no one is sure about its correct history. The temple offers views of the Achuta Raya's temple and Rangatha temple.

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