Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple - Hampi

Important information

  • Address : Hampi, Nimbapura, Karnataka 583239
  • Open and Close Timings : 06:00 am to 09:0 pm.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Hosapete Junction (Hospet) at a distance of nearly 13.6 kilometres from Yantrodharaka Temple.
  • Nearest Airport: Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru at a distance of nearly 359 kilometres from Yantrodharaka Temple.
  • Did you know: Lord Rama and Hanuman ji met for the first time on the Malyavan hill. Hence this place is considered to be a symbol of the union of Lord Rama and Hanuman.

Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple, also known as Pranadev Temple, is a major Hindu temple dedicated to Hanuman. The temple is located in the city of Hampi in the Indian state of Karnataka. The temple was consecrated by the Madhva saint Sri Vyasaraya. Near the Hanuman temple is another temple dedicated to Lord Rama called the Kodandarama Temple, which symbolizes the union of Rama and Hanuman. The temple is located on a hilltop on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. It is believed that the first meeting of Lord Rama and Hanuman took place on the Malyavana Hill.

The idol of Hanuman in the temple is carved on granite stone. Hanuman is shown sitting in Padmasana in the center of the Srichakra, called a yantra. His right hand is in Vyakhyan Mudra and the left hand in Gyan Mudra. Hanuman is wearing a Kiritmukut and other common ornaments. Above the yantra are carvings of 12 monkeys holding each other's tails and facing backwards. It represents the 12 days of prayers done by Sri Vyasaraja for the blessings of the Lord.

The Yantrodharaka Hanuman Temple is located just 2 km from the Virupaksha Temple. It was built by Sri Vyasaraja, a Dvaita philosopher and the Rajaguru of the Vijayanagara Empire, around 500 years ago. It is the second most important temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman in Hampi.

According to legend, Sri Vyasaraja used to draw a picture of Lord Hanuman with charcoal on the rocks every day, which would disappear after the completion of the ritual. It is believed that the Yantrodharaka Temple is the place where Sri Rama and Hanuman first met during the Ramayana period. This temple is the first of the 732 Hanuman idols installed by Sri Vyasaraja. The temple is located on the banks of the Tungabhadra River, and a part of the river flows into a holy place called Chakratirtha.

The famous Yantrodharaka Hanuman Stotram was written in this temple. It is believed that chanting this shloka here thrice a day for six months fulfils the wishes of the devotees. The idol of Lord Hanuman is in a meditative posture and the idol is accompanied by a hexagonal amulet. Surrounding the idol are idols of 12 monkeys which depict the 12 days of prayers. Inside the amulet are inscribed the Beejaksharas on which the great ascetic prayed. All this is designed on a flat stone boulder which is about 8 feet in height.

About 5 minutes walk from the Yantrodharaka temple is a small temple dedicated to Lord Srinivasa (an incarnation of Lord Vishnu) with the idol sculpted by Sri Vyasaraj himself.

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