Hampi India

Attractions in Hampi

Virupaksha (Pampapati) Temple in Hampi

Virupaksha (Pampapati) Temple - The great Pampapati temple (aka: Virupaksha Temple) is the oldest and most sacred in Hampi. Parts of it are older than the founding of the city and kingdom of Vijayanagar, Hampi's original name. The temple's first gate is crowned by a lofty pyramidal tower entirely covered with hundreds of sculptures and carvings of men, women, hunting scenes, and many other representations, all diminishing in size as the tower narrows toward the top. Around all these statues frolic hundreds of monkeys. It has a 9 storey gopuram and the temple is visited widely . The painted ceiling of

mandapam inside the temple is worth seeing. The towering elephant stables which were the home to the eleven elephants of the royal guard can also be seen.

Raghunatha Temple -
This temple on the hill top, is known for its Dravidian style and the excellent views, especially at sunset.

Narasimha Temple - The enormous self-supporting figure of Narasimha has become a visual symbol of Vijayanagar. Even in its damaged state it is an awesome sight, towering over the paddy fields with ferocious power. The monolithic rock figure stands 6.7 metres high. Originally it was a four-armed figure of Narasimha, the man-lion incarnation of Vishnu, with the goddess Lakshmi perched on one thigh and a seven-hooded Naga, the snake god, curved protectively over his head.

Narasimha Temple in Hampi

King's Balance - As you explore the city a highly intriguing spot is the King's Balance. It is said that in the olden days, the rich Dravidian kings of the Vijaynagar Dynasty actually used to be weighed on a giant scale against grain or gold, which was later distributed to the poor in the kingdom.

Vitthala Temple - A World Heritage Monument, this temple is dedicated to Vishnu. It is a rectangular courtyard surrounded by high walls and was probably built in mid 15th century. It is the oldest and most intricately carved with its gopurams and mandapas. The mandapa has 56 excellently carved slender pillars that can be struck to produce different musical notes. It has elephants on the balustrades and horses at the doorway. The other ceremonial mandapas, though less finely carved have some interesting carved pillars, like Krishna hiding in a tree from the gopis. In the courtyard is a beautiful chariot carved out of granite, with the wheels raised off the ground so that they can be revolved.

Achyutaraya Temple -
Located in isolation at the foot of the Matanga hill, the temple is in a poor state of repair. But the scale of the front gateway is a stark reminder of its former glory. Continuing north-east towards the Vittala temple, you climb a rocky path and come upon a number of small piles of stones. Couples hoping to conceive visit this site and put stones as an offering. On becoming parents, they return to remove the stones.

Hazara Rama Temple - The Hazara Rama Temple was perhaps the king's private temple and contains some extraordinary carvings and murals both within and on the outer walls. The outer frescos show horses, elephants, dancing girls and infantry in procession, while the inner panels illustrate individual deities or scenes from the Ramayana. There is a garuda (hawk-like bird) with multiple wings, which is the most striking of them all.

Durbar Enclosure - The Durbar Hall, often called King's Audience, facing north, is the largest of the structures in the Durbar Area. Built on a high platform, with a flight of stairs to reach it, this once gorgeously decorated hall was burnt down by the enemies in 1565 A.D. It was a 100-pillared hall, with 10 rows of wooden pillars, each row containing 10 pillars. This can be understood from the remnants of the pillar sockets or peg holes. On the west end of the basement is seen a stone staircase which seems to be a later addition. Outside this hall, to the east, can be seen a monolithic stone channel, about 12.5 meters long, in which water was stored. This was obviously meant for the use of the horses of the nobles who came to attend the Durbar.

Lotus Mahal - Near the Hazara Ram Temple, in the enclosed area of zenana (women's quarters), there is a beautiful pavilion called the Lotus Palace. Legends have it that the women of the royal family who lived in the nearby Queens' Palace met within the confines of the Lotus Palace. Its imposing arches are particularly fascinating. This palace is a mix of Indo-Islamic architecture and derives its name from the lotus bud carved on its domed and vaulted ceiling.

Getting There & Away to Hampi

Flights to Hampi
The nearest Airport is Bellary; other convenient airports are Belgaum (190 km) and Bangalore (353 km).
Trains to Hampi
The nearest rail point is Hospet from where one travels another 12 kilometers by road to reach Hampi.
Car and Bus service to Hampi Regular bus services from Bangalore to Hospet.

Getting Around in Hampi

Buses and auto rickshaw are available to/from nearby Hospet, where one finds most of the accommodation. Cars, taxis or cycles can also be hired at Hospet.                             
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