Virupaksha temple is located in Hampi in the Ballari district of karnataka, India. It is part of the group of monuments at Hampi, designated as a UNESCO world Heritage site. The temple is dedicated to virupaksha, a from of Shiva. The temple was built by lakkan Dandesha, a nayaka under the ruler Deva Raya2 of the vijayanagara Empire
Hampi,capital of the vijayanagara empire, sits on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. Virupaksha temple is the main center of pilgrimage at Hampi,and had been considered the most scared sanctuary over the centuries. It is in act among the surrounding ruins and is still used in worship.
The temple is dedicated to lord Shiva, known here as virupaksha,as the consort of the local goddess pampadevi who is associated with the Tungabhadra River, there is also a virupakshini Amma temple (mother god) in a village called Nalagamapalle, chittoor district, Andhrapradesh, approximately 100km from Tirupathi