as Pampakshetra of Kishkindha, Hampi set amidst an awesome
boulder-strewn landscape, 12 km away from the sleepy town of
Now it is is
one of the primary architectural and archaeological sites in India
vast site, containing archaeological as well as functioning temples
and villages is the erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagar Empire, one
of the largest Hindu empires in
Set in a strange and beautiful landscape, with the River
Tungabhadra running along its northern edge, Hampi has some superb
ruins scattered over a large area dating from the 14th
A large number of
royal buildings were raised by Krishnadeva Raya (AD 1509-30), the
greatest ruler of the dynasty. The period witnessed resurgence of
Hindu religion, art, architecture in an unprecedented scale. Extensive
remains of the palaces can be seen within innermost enclosure of the
|The Vitthala temple is
an excellent example of Vijayanagara style. The 56 pillars in
the main hall produce musical notes when struck. To the east of
the hall is the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that
Hampi is full of such surprises.
Like the King's Balance, where ruling kings were weighed against
grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor. Or
, with its arched corridors, projecting balconies and lotus -
shaped fountains. Or even the Lotus Mahal in the
of this city are noted for their large dimensions, florid
ornamentation, bold and delicate carvings, stately pillars,
magnificent pavilions and a great wealth of iconographic and
temple, Pattabhirama temple, Hazara Ramachandra and Chandrasekhara
temple as also the Jaina temples, are the examples.
Majority of these
temples were provided with widespread bazaars flanked on either side
by storeyed mandapas.The monuments are spread over 26 square kms and
include a citadel area, a temple area, bazaars, fortifications, river
landings and gateways.
Hampi is now
recognized as a world heritage monument by UNESCO who have joined
hands with the archaeological department of
for its conservation.
The best time to visit :- The best time to visit
early June to mid-September
||The nearest airport
to hampi is at Bangalore
||The Nearest Rail head is
Hospet 13 kms from Hampi.
350 Km from Bangalore .