Hampi, capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one among UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the state of Karnataka, India. Hampi is a traveller’s paradise as well as a pilgrimage.
It is a research lab for many scholars, architects who usually stay here for months to read and understand each and every stone which speaks a lot on hidden facts of the medieval kingdom. The Dravidian style of architecture is evident everywhere.
Hampi is unique among heritage sites in India spread over 10 sq. mile, full of architectural marvels every nook and corner 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 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 pillered mantapa, consists of pillers which produce musical notes upon gentle touch.
Truly, it is a open air museum art and architecture in its gigantic form, Hampi has numerous locations where one could not complete in a single day fullest. 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.