Hampi:- A Living Heritage of India’s Golden Era.


   Hampi is a rich historical and world-famous site located in the state of Karnataka, India. Hampi attracts and welcomes tourists from every corner of the world. And it is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, Temples, and Ruins. It boasts an ample of ancient ruins, temples, architecture, and forts/ Walls in order to represent the way of life and culture of the  people during Vijayanagara Empire who ruled the Hampi from the 14th to the 16th century. That’s why this city is called a ruined city. Hampi Temples were built by ‘Lakkana Dandesha’ Nayaka under the ruler Deva Raya 2 or Prauda Deva Raya. The city is also recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site for its unsurpassed landscape of ancient ruins, boulder hills, and lush green forests.

 

 

 

       Once upon a time, Hampi was the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire, one of the biggest and most powerful empires in Indian history and not only big but also a very richest empire in the world. It served as a central hub for trade and culture, where merchants and tourists from every corner of the world visiting the city to witness its grandeur and magnificence. 

 

       Today, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can see a few temples are available to see and the rest are demolished and destroyed by Muslim Invaders for stealing big assets like Gold and diamonds from the temples. That’s why Hampi calls it a ‘Lost City’. Now it is Preserved for future generations to explore and appreciate this magnificent legacy of India’s past.

 

Famous Temples in Hampi:

 

    1. Stone Chariot of Hampi:

     

     

     

     The Centre attraction of Hampi is the “Stone Chariot of Hampi”, the best example of ancient Indian architecture. This monument represents the rich Indian culture and heritage, which told Hampi its unique identity not only in India but even around the world. The chariot is carved entirely out of stone, displaying impressive detail in its intricate carvings and sculptures. This Chariot exhibits the Hindu mythological character of Garuda, who brings Lord Vishnu on his back. This stone chariot is also a popular site for stunning designs, adding to its allure among tourists.

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    2.  Vijaya Vittala Temple:

     

     

     

              This Temple is famous for its impressive Stone chariot and musical pillars. It is also known for one of the largest and most ornate temples in Hampi, with intricate carvings and sculptures.

     

    3. Lakshmi Narasimha Temple:

     

     

     

           Temple is dedicated to Lord Narasimha, who is depicted in half Man and half-lion form. This temple was built during the 15th century by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijaya Nagara Empire. This statue is carved out of a single block of stone and is about 6.7 meters tall. The hall is supported by 24 pillars and is carved with Pictures of Hindu Mythology.

     

    4. Virupaksha Temple:

     

     

     

          Another mind-blowing attraction of Hampi is the “Virupaksha Temple”. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is known for traditional Indian temple architecture along with Dravidian Architecture. That’s why it is called a Temple with a combination of Hindu and Dravidian styles, with stunning sculptures and artist work, that you can see around the temple’s walls. The temple is located at the foothills of the Matanga Hills, surrounded by lush greenery and beautiful landscapes.

     

    5. Hemakuta Hill Temple Complex:

     

     

         Located south side of the Virupaksha Temple. Multiple small and big temples are built around the Hemakuta Temple. Hemakuta Meaning is a ‘golden peak’ and it is believed that this hill was used for rituals in ancient times.

     

                 Hill Complex is a unique style of architecture mixture of both Dravidian and Nagara styles. This temple wall is also known for intricate curving about Hindu mythology.

     

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     Hampi Bazaar:   

     

     

        The world-famous Hampi Bazaar is another attraction for travelers who are visiting the city. This bazaar is a good example of Hampi’s proud heritage, with a number of traditional Indian things and souvenirs. The market is rushed with tourists and locals alike, who come to search through various shops that sell everything made from handicrafts to clothing.

     

    Hampi also offers Adventure to Travelers:

     

     

     

     

        The landscape of Hampi also attracts travelers who are new to this part of India. It’s a land for rock climbers, with its bizarre boulder-strewn landscape and rock formations that are very supportive of rock climbing. It is also a spot for enthusiastic trekkers, with the Matanga Hills providing an excellent option for treks. Additionally, there are several pretty waterfalls and Mountains, serene lakes around temples that give a peaceful suspension from the hustle and bustle of city life.

     

        For those who are interested in history, Culture, and archeology, it has a number of temples, palaces, and other artwork that are excellent evidence of its rich cultural heritage. The remains of the Vittala temple, the Hazara Rama temple, and the Elephant Stables are some of the best and most popular spots for tourists every time. These structures present classic Indian sculpture works, and stylish architecture, and showcase ancient Indian art.

     

    Food in Hampi:

     

     

     

        This place also provides a chance to travel to the local cuisine and sample traditional dishes. The local cuisine is a mix of South Indian and North Indian cuisine, showcasing unique flavors, and perfume that will taunt one’s taste buds. There are many popular eateries around this place, offering an array of local delicacies, including the iconic Masala Dosa, Uddina Vada, and traditional Thali, among others.

     

     Why Hampi Calls it as a “Lost City”:

     

     

     

         Following the defeat of the great Vijayanagara Empire, the army of the Sultanate plundered the beautiful city of Hampi and reduced it to ruins. So now City is called the Lost City. Now it is just barren land and narrates the story of the Violent Past.

     

     

                               Timings:                          

     

                         6 AM to 1 PM and 5 PM TO 9 PM

     

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                         Free of Cost

     

                              Dress Code

     

                        Only Indian outfits

     

                             Best Time to Visit

     

              Time of Hampi Festivals (October to February)

     

         In conclusion, Hampi is a destination that offers something for everyone. Its stylish blend of culture, heritage, landscapes, and rich history brings to life the glory of India’s past. Visit this ruined temple is a journey of exploring and discovery, and a lasting experience that stays with you for a lifelong.

     

    Q: What is Hampi famous for?

    A: it is surrounded by 500 ancient monuments, Temples, and Ruins. It boasts an ample of ancient ruins, temples, architecture, and forts/ Walls in order to represent the way of life and culture of the Vijayanagara Empire who ruled the Hampi from the 14th to the 16th century.

    Q: What is the best time to visit Hampi?

    A: Time of Hampi Festivals (October to February).


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