The Ruins of the Capital of Vijayanagar at Hampi 



 The main gopuram of Virupaksha Temple (1442 AD), Hampi.

 Inside Virupaksha Temple

The Virupaksha temple elephant

The huge 6.7m high Narasimha monolith ....  a  Man-Lion form of Vishnu....  seated in yogic posture beneath a multiheaded Naga

Inside Krishna Temple

 Inside the Krishna Temple

Inside the Krishna Temple

  

 

 

 The Lotus Mahal 

 

 The Lotus Mahal

 

The arcaded Veranda overlooking parade ground next elephant stables

Inside Hazara Rama temple

The many Ramayana reliefs at the Hazara Rama Temple.

 

 Inner Sanctum Hazari Rama temple

 

 The Queen's Bath .... without water in the tank now.

 The bazar outside Vitalla Temple

 The gopuram of Vitalla Temple

 Another view Vitalla temple

 The Stone Chariot in Vitalla Temple

Tungabhadra river and surrounding country viewed from outside the Vitalla Temple in Hampi.

 Pavilions and Gateways at end of Hampi Main Bazar street

 The Tungabhadra river gorge in front of the Kothadarama temple.

The Kothandarama Temple

 

The Rama, Sita, Lakshman dieties in the Kothandarama temple .... an 'active' temple with a resident priest on the banks of Tungabhadra.

 The Thirvengalanatha Temple - West Gopuram  (1534AD)

 The 100 columned Hall inside  Thirvengalanatha temple ..... with highly carved pillars (below).

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The monolithic Sasivekalu Ganesh, inside a columned mandapa at the bottom of Hemakuta Hill.

I visited Hampi on 22nd December 2006 ..... driving my car from Panaji, Goa via Ponda on NH-4A to the Karnataka border and then (to avoid the heavy traffic of iron-ore laden Dumpers) took some internal rural roads via Khanapur, Beedi, Kitoor to finally join the NH-4 between Belgaum and Dharwad-Hubli. From Hubli headed East via Gadag, Hospet and then on to Hampi. 

Hampi was the site of the City of Vijaynagara located on the Tungabhadra river in Central Karnataka. Vijayanagara is famous as the capital of the South India's wealthiest and powerful Hindu kingdom of the 16th century. Most visitors to this World Heritage site notice the remarkable scenery - of huge granite boulders of varying sizes and colors  strewn over the land, as if by some primeval cataclysm.

The City of Vijayanagar was established in 1336 by Telugu princes and lasted until 1565 when it was sacked and left deserted by the Confederacy of Deccan Sultantates. Under Krishnadevaraya (1509-29) and Achutaraya (1529-42) the Vijyanagara empire reached the climax of its power and extent. (For outstanding color pictures of Hampi temples and detailed historical description of the temples, shrines and ruins of  Hampi read the IBH book "Hampi" by John Fritz and George Mitchell).

The Virupaksha Temple seen between boulders from the Hemkuta Hill

 

Krishna Temple entrance Gopuram erected in 1515AD by King Krishnadevaraya at Krishnapuram, Hampi

The huge colannaded Bazaar surrounding a rectangular water tank  .... ..... in front of the Krishna Temple, Hampi

 The entrance Gopuram of the (once) underground Temple .... dedicated to Virupaksha ... in the Royal Centre of Hampi. With Uday my Guide. 

 

The Elephant stables

The Hazara Rama Temple entrance

Stepped bathing pool

 

The Vitalla Temple ....... with musical pillars

 

Visiting school girls .... in the main courtyard of Vitalla temple

  Purandaradasa Mandapam on Tungabhadra river

Purandaradasa was the founder of Carnatic School of Music and a celebrated 16th century musician in Vijayanagaram Court. He would bathe in this ghat each morning and then go to the nearby Vitalla Temple to pray.

The boulders in the Tungabhadra gorge in front of Kothandarama temple.

The double storey Mandapa & Nandi Bull Monolithih in Hampi Bazar

The market street outside Thirvengalanatha (a.k.a. Achutaraya) temple.