HAMPI, the seat of the famed VIJAYANAGARA empire. Every rock, every path and every monument at Hampi speak the same language; a language of glory and beauty.
Route from Bangalore to Hampi:Bangalore (Take NH4) to Tumkur — Sira — Hiriyur. Then Take SH 19 to Bellary. Before Bellary take NH63 and then NH67 (Bellary bypass) towards Hospet — Take SH29 to Kamalapura -Hampi (375km).
Note: Don’t forget to take maps of Royal centre and Sacred centre from hampi.in
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Inside Queen’s bath — Queen’s Bath is a swimming pool, 50 ft.long and 6 ft.deep. The Mahanavami Dibba was erected after Krishnadevaraya’s victorious campaigns in Orissa.Ever since, it has played a prominent place in the Navarathri celebrations Another view of Mahanavami Dibba Water Tank Hazara Rama Temple Complex : This ruined temple complex has about 1000 carvings & inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana Hazara Rama Temple -The chief attraction of the temple is the series of scenes from the Ramayana carved on two of the inside walls of the mantapa Hazara Rama Temple — This temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. Lotus Mahal: shaped like a lotus flower from top, this two-storied structure was the air-cooled summer palace of the queen. It is inside Zenana enclosure Elephant Stables: This huge stable, a beautiful example of Hindu-Muslim style of architecture, housed about 11 elephants in separate compartments. The old mahouts chamber -It is a mini-museum now — displaying sculptures. This Siva temple was built below the ground level for some reason and most of the time the temple core is submerged under water. Krishna Temple @Sacred Centre Hampi- Must see — You can see the carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this temple. Sri Lakshmi Narasimha. This is the largest statue in Hampi. Sasivekalu Ganesha: The giant monolithic Ganesha statue is locally called Sasivekalu(mustard seed)Ganesha. Nearby you can see Kadalekalu (groundnut) Ganesha too. In Hindu mythology Lord Ganesha is notorious for his food habit. One day he ate so much of food that his tummy almost busted. He just caught a snake and tied it around his tummy as a belt to save his tummy from bursting. On this statue you can see the snake carved around his tummy. Sunset view from Hemakuta Hill. Hampi boulders — A morning view A view from Mango tree restaurant -a very popular restaurant in Hampi. The dining area is a terraced slope overlooking the river Thungabhadra. King’s Balance where kings were weighed against grain, gold or money which was then distributed to the poor. Ruins of a structure called the Raya-gopura with tall pillars. Near King’s Balance. Thungabhadra river -A view from Purandara Dasa Mantapa Purandara Dasa -Father of Carnatic Music. Vithala Temple Complex: The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. Hampi deserves the title, “Poetry in Stone”.- A view of Vithala Temple Complex Stone Chariot with stone wheels. @Vithala Temple Complex Musical Pillars of Vithala Temple @Vithala Temple Complex. The temple houses the famous musical pillars. The British wanted to check the reason behind this wonder and so they had cut two pillars to check anything was there inside the pillars that was producing the sound. They had found nothing but hollow pillars. Vithala Temple Complex -This is perhaps the most famous and well-known among the ruins of Hampi. On the way to/from Vithala Temple Complex Virupaksha Temple- The location where Lord Shiva and Parvati are believed to be married. Gopuram (tower) of the Virupaksha temple A rare 3-headed Nandi- inside Virupaksha Temple. This monolithic bull marks the east end of the Virupaksha Bazaar. The statue is housed in a twin storied pavilion Bhima’s gateway -stone carvings depicting the stories of Bhima. Bhima carrying the ‘Sowgandhika’ flower Bhima killing Keechaka, while Draupadi is watching.