Hampi is a place that can never be erased by the sands of time. Rendezvousing back to the 15th century, ‘Hampi’ tales begin from then or maybe even before that!
A journey from Garden City to The Lost City Hampi. A road trip to Vijayanagar Dynasty. The route is somewhat complicated but neat and straight! You can also capture some local village sights en route Hampi.
#MacroTraveller : Hampi which is Vijayanagar Dynasty is now can be seen as ruins. It is one of the most beautiful places just with the rubble.
The scenario was fantastic, the mountains, dusty red and green farmlands were too good. Villagers at their best occupied in their respective chores. Lots of smiles and waves welcomed us from the men, woman and children. We had driven by fields of corn, sugar cane, marigolds, sunflowers and chili peppers before the road brought us to a remarkably enchanting village called Hampi
#MacroTraveller :If there are 100 visitors, then just 10 are Indians and rest 90 are from different part of the world.
The ruins of Hampi are truly enchanting and magical. Hampi is just 12km from Hospet and travelling through little villages is always fun. There will be lots of guides around who will approach you, and we didn’t take a guide. They charge 1000-1200 rupees per day on an average. We had done some preparation as to what to see and where to go.
I invaded Hampi Bazaar which is filled with sovereign shops, restaurants, bookstores. On the west end (left side when you enter the street) of the street, I saw a tall tower this is an entrance of Virupaksha temple.
Lord Virupaksha is believed to be the principal deity of the Vijayanagara rulers, dedicated to whom this temple has been constructed in Hampi. The attractive and architecturally rich Hampi temple is one of the most prominent places to visit in Hampi, and it also serves as the main centre of pilgrimage in this region.
The Hampi Bazaar, also well known as the Virupaksha Bazaar is a kilometre long street at the foothill of the Matanga Hill located in front of the Virupaksha Temple. On both sides of the road is an array of old pavilions, which were once the part of the burgeoning market and also the residence of the nobles.
After, we walked up the Hemakuta hill; there are lots of small shrines, mostly abandoned. That is on the south side of the Virupaksha temple. I also observed the method used to cut the granite stones.
I also visited Kadalekalu Ganesha temple which is on this hill. It was a decent hike to the top of this small hill in the scorching sun. This monolithic statue measure 2.4 metres in height and is carved out of a huge boulder
The underground temple of Lord Shiva is one of the oldest temples in Hampi. This temple for some reasons was built several metres below the ground level due to which the sanctum, as well as the main parts of the temple, remain under water for most of the time round the year.
While driving towards Vijaya Vittal Temple, we visited Queens bath.If you access the Hampi complex from the South-West corner, then the Queen’s Bath is the first of the ruins that you would visit. From outside this building appears to be an open rectangular compound encircled by a big water channel that one might need to cross at some places using the bridge-like structure. There is a small garden outside the Queen’s Bath, which serves as an excellent picnic spot.
Built in the 15th century AD the Vijaya Vittala Temple is a gorgeous architectural temple that serves as one of the significant places to visit in Hampi. This temple has an expansive campus which consists of several other Hampi temples, pavilions and halls. This temple as its name suggests is dedicated to Lord Vittala who was one of the incarnations of Lord Vishnu. Lord Vittala is believed to be an ordinary person and is worshipped by the cattle herds.
Vittal temple is the main attraction of Hampi – stone chariot, rich carvings, the story of ruined temple, musical pillars.
Don’t miss Vittalapura Township, which once existed outside the temple campus. The entire place, along with its contents, is exemplary of the true marvel of religious architecture.
Archaeological Museum of Hampi is one of the main attractions of the area that houses collections of sculptures and assorted antiques. Although a lot of these findings were made by the British officers who stored them in elephant stables, the Archaeological Survey of India established this museum and started shifting the antiques in 1972.
Note: This place is open four tourists throughout the week except for Fridays.
Hampi has a close connection with the incident of Ramayana. One of the important shreds of evidence that pinpoints this fact is the Monkey Temple, located in a peaceful spot on Anjanadri Hill in Anegundi.
It’s believed to be the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The Monkey Temple is a small concrete structure consisting of granite carved statue of Lord Hanuman along with a small shrine of Lord Rama and his wife, Sita. As you reach the main site, a flight of granite steps lead you inside the temple.
Also, this place has a lot of monkeys that truly justifies the name of the temple. Along with this the view of sunrise and sunset is a mesmerizing one to witness for tourists visiting Hampi.
Some of the other places to visit near the Monkey Temple include Pampa Sarovara Laxmi Temple, Anegondi Fort and Rishyamukha Sarovara.
The Pushkarani within the Royal Enclosure: The Pushkaranis (Step Well)in Hampi are the sacred water tanks that are attached to the temples. Most of the major temples in Hampi have a pushkarani built near them. The pushkaranis were a prominent feature of the ruined town. The key attraction of the tank is the symmetrical layout of the steps.
Riverside Ruins– It’s located to the North of the Kodandarama Temple, the Riverside gorge is the following site for some clusters of remarkable ruins. These relics feature some of the finely carved Shiva Lingas on the flat rock surface along with a reclined structure of carved Anandashayana Vishnu on the rock cleft. Once you go close to the edge of the river, you will be able to notice a couple of Shiva Linga mandalas carved in an array of 108 and 1008 in a square area.
The Krishna temple is a place that should not be missed. A figure of Balakrishna (infant Lord Krishna) was the first idol to be installed in the temple, which in present time is represented in the Chennai State Museum. The history of temple inscribed on a huge slab that fitted in the temple’s courtyard.
Hampi is fascinating spot that has ancient culture and traditions. At most of these places, you can take your camera with you to capture the glory of the city for life long time. I hope you also wish to visit the city at least once in life; I bet if you visit the city, all of you will collect some precious glimpses that you will not forget ever.