Hampi, capital as well as the pride of the Vijayanagar Empire. Hampi, always special for people from all walks of life, a traveller’s paradise as well as a pilgrimage.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the state of Karnataka, India, is a research lab for many scholars, architects who usually stay here for months to know and understand every possible stone which speaks a lot on hidden facts of the medieval kingdom.
Hampi is unique with the Dravidian style of architecture and is evident all over spreading over 10 sq. mile, full of architectural marvels conceived in the form of beautiful temples, remains of water resources, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, elephant stables, platforms, treasury buildings.
Ruins, though a miniscle, reflect the kind of patronage this art and architecture received from its rulers during heyday’s of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Virupaksha temple:It is the oldest temple of the Hampi. There is a chariot on the Hampi Bazaar. The sprawling Virupaksha temple complex is full of sub shrines, pillared halls, lamp posts, towered entrances. The most striking feature of this complex is the central pillared hall known as the Ranga Mandapam, 1510 AD built by Krishadeva Raya. One could see the shadow of this tower or gopuram in a small dark room but in an inverted form.
Vittala Temple:Vitthala is the krishna aspect of Lord Vishnu. It is the watermark of the vijayanagara style of art and architecture. It was during the reign of Devaraya II, greatest in the Sangama dynasty and few more additions during Krishnadevaraya’s reign. This temple complex endowed with the Stone Chariot, Bhim’s Gate pillered Maha mantapa, consists of pillers which produce musical notes upon gentle touch.
Truly, it is an open air museum with art and architecture in its gigantic form, Hampi has numerous locations where one could not complete in a single day. No end to the research for new spots which are yet to see the light of the day.
How to reach Hampi: Hampi is well connected by Road network, nearest major Railway station is Hospet, located about 13km from Hampi.