Enveloped itself within the shells of the destruction of Vijayanagara, held the former capital of the Empire of Vijayanagara.Rich and large being it’s synonyms in the world during it’s prime, geographically situated in the Northern region of Karnataka, India.
Even though the mighty have fallen and it’s a new world all over again, it continues to descend from the city of Vijayanagar.An influential and significant religious pit, sheltering the Virupaksha Temple and several other architectures and legacies belonging to the former owner.
Staying true to the meaning of its name,i.e. Champion, Hampi does conquer much in being picturesque, The major center of attention in this stays to remain the Virupaksha Temple,
Virupaksha Temple, Hampi.
Famed as the Pampapathi Temple as well, it is the most applauded site by visitors and it dates back to the 7th century.
Constructed in dedication and devotion to the Bhole Nath,located at the south bank of Tungabhadra not knowing what non-functionality is since it’s inception,it houses intricately alluring carved walls,each narrating a myth, a saga of its own waiting for being marvelled at and adjusted in accord with its environment and demanding all the attention that they deserve from cameras, making it one of the oldest temples in an undisturbed walk of life in India.
It also houses shrine for Virupaksha and another for Sage Vidyaranya.Also, an integral part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For the architecture lovers the interiors are something worth taking into account of :
Presently, the main temple consists of a sanctum, three antechambers, a pillared hall and an open pillared hall. A pillared cloister, entrance gateways, courtyards, smaller shrines and other structures surround the temple.
The nine-tiered eastern gateway, which is the largest at 50 meters, is well-proportioned and incorporates some earlier structures. It has a brick superstructure and a stone base. It gives access to the outer court containing many sub-shrines.
Follows it is the Vithala Temple,
A structure to impress , the Vithala Temple dates back to the 16th Century and has marked itself a rank in examples of rich architecture.An icon they have to offer, the famous stone chariot of the architecture of Hampi.
The temple complex is spread over a huge area. The main gate has an impressive arch with carvings and opens in a large courtyard which has the famous stone chariot in the center. The main temple is located just behind the chariot and has beautiful carvings. There are also several other smaller temples inside the courtyard, all of which are definitely worth a visit. The carvings on the walls/pillars of these structures depict various gods in different forms.Providing ample space and splendid vistas for HDR’s and panoramas.
Musical Pillars in Vittala Temple
Marveled for its 56 melodic columns carved out of stone with sheer labor and skill, with an image popularised for once tapping structures of utmost appeal delicately make musical chimes. SAREGAMA Pillars is another name given to them for their stand out construction.
This bazaar is facing the Virupaksha temple and hence is also known as the Virupaksha Bazaar.
Various artifacts are available here including antique coins, shawls, bags etc. Most tourists purchase souvenirs here for the history and ancestry diggers.
A picture perfect Panorama.
Elephant Stables, Hampi.
The Elephant Stables served as an enclosure for royal elephants back in the day of the Vijayanagara Empire.
Eleven domed chambers are seen here with a particularly decorated one which served as an enclosure for the musicians during any performances
An aquatic enclosure of the royalty emerging from the glorified days of Vijayanagara Empire, built in such a way as to prohibit any unwanted outsider from setting foot into it but in the now has lost much relevance due to the ruins it endured in terms of functionality.
Close to the Zenana Enclosure is a monument that stands out in its design and style from most of the structures of Hampi. Another complex, for royal women, this one gets its name from the lotus-like dome