Vishnu Temple is a 7,533-foot-elevation (2,296 meter) summit located in the Grand Canyon, in Coconino County of Arizona, USA. It is situated two miles south-southeast of the Cape Royal overlook on the canyon's North Rim, 1.5 mile south of Freya Castle, and two miles east-southeast of Wotans Throne, its nearest higher neighbor. It towers 4,900 feet (1,490 meters) above the Colorado River. According to explorer Frederick Samuel Dellenbaugh, Vishnu Temple is "without doubt the most stupendous mass of nature's carving in the known world." Vishnu Temple is named for Vishnu, the Hindu deity, redeemer of the universe. This name was applied in 1880 by Clarence Dutton who thought this mountain resembled an oriental pagoda, and who began the tradition of naming geographical features in the Grand Canyon after mythological deities. This geographical feature's name was officially adopted in 1906 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The first ascent of the summit was made by Merrel Clubb and his son on July 13, 1945. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Vishnu Temple is located in a cold semi-arid climate zone.
By elevation Vishnu Temple is
# 50 out of 280 in Grand Canyon National Park # 73 out of 203 in the Kaibab Plateau
By prominence Vishnu Temple is
# 60 out of 5677 in the Colorado Plateau # 87 out of 4167 in Arizona # 6 out of 875 in Coconino County # 2 out of 280 in Grand Canyon National Park # 2 out of 203 in the Kaibab Plateau
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