Group Of Monuments At Hampi
The great lavish Hampi together with all its stern and stubborn looks developed as the last capital area for the final Hindu reign of Vijayanagar during the 14th century, later on invaded by Muslim rulers during 1565. Hampi princess constructed various Dravidian palaces and temples during 14th, 15th and 16th centuries which became famous destination for many tourists. Later on, Muslim rulers raided and looted city for about 6 months and then deserted it. The region is under the threat because of the construction process involved in suspending two of the bridges to ease the heavy goods traffic adjacent to the site. This has resulted in relocating a ‘mandapa” (which is sandstone rest house made of pillars) by simply dismantling and constructing back on another location.
Hampi is located in the Karnataka state and it runs approximately 26 sq km. Hampi is surrounded by Tungabhadra river in the northern part where as the other three sides are covered by granite rocks., resulting in a safer but practically in accessible region. There is a belief that adjacent to this site, there was a place called Kishkindha, the kingdom of monkeys marked in Ramayana. Even now, large number of monkeys resides in the heart core of the city. It was the place where Sugriva and Bali fought against each other for supremacy and Bali was assassinated by Lord Rama. The tourist spots at this city are 6.7 m height Ugra Narasimha monolith, Virupaksha Temple, Lotus Mahal, Vithala Temple along with the “Musical Pillars” and also the elaborate stone chariot which belongs to Garuda is present in courtyard of temple, Queen’s Bath together with metaphorical interiors and austere exteriors, Singaradu Hebbagilu( the giant and oldest gateway to the capital), Hazara Rama Temple which comprises of marvelously made basalt pillars displaying the Shri Vishnu incarnations, and also the debris of Achuta Raya Temple depicting few of the erotic sculptures on its columns.
The temples at Hampi are well known for their splendid pavilions, stately pillars, florid ornamentation, very delicate and bold carvings, large dimensions of space along with big wealth of traditional and iconographic incarnations including the characters from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The biggest temple among these are at Pampapathi (presently worship) that was subjected to extensive renovation. The glorious tower at the entrance was constructed by Krishnadeva Raya.
The Pampapathi temple of the Virupaksha temple acts as heart core centre for this pilgrimage area of Hampi. This is the most significant and also oldest shrine possessing the idol of lord shiva that was known Pampapathi or Virupaksha along with the Goddesses Bhuvaneshwari or Pampa. The Temple is situated on the Hemkuta foothills and is known to be constructed during 15th century; however few portions of the temple possess the footprints from 11th or 12th century. The temple is located in a pictorial environment, lying between the southern parts of river Tungabhadra towards the northern region of Hemkuta hill.
The 50 meter altitude gopuram of Virupaksha temple stands grandiosely in the Hampi region displaying the cultural and architectural heritage of our south India. Gateway of the temple which is in eastern direction is a marvel packed with amazing skills of engineering.
The main focus of attractions in this temple is the hall that leads to the sanctorum where the beautiful animal carvings and other paintings depicting the stories of Hindu mythology. The most spectacular and classical specification of this temple are the colossal pillared halls.
Hazara Ram Temple
The Hazara Rama Temple is situated in the core of Royal Centre, dates back to 15th century art work and is believed to be the worship place for the members of royal family. The temple was specifically meant only for royal ceremonies.
The pillars of this temple depict fragile carvings of wide range of various forms of Lord Vishnu. There are also enthralling sculptures displaying few of the significant incidents from the great epic Ramayana. The attachment walls are lavishly carved with friezes displaying horses and elephants processions. The temple also displays the gorgeously decorated dancing women and also grand armor of great soldiers.
This temple is one among the Vishnu temples which is well celebrated in the Hampi region. The temple shows a clear picture of the cultural heritage and also the architectural wonders of former kingdom.
Recently, this Krishna temple was exhumed and subjected to renovation which is still on. Vithala temple is one among the well known temple among the debris of Hampi. The Karnataka state tourism possesses the symbol of the iconic stone chariot which is present in the temple campus. The temple was then illuminated with the help of flood lights which added additional glamour to this complex.
The Karnataka state tourism is in highly action mode to safeguard all these monuments. Great efforts were exiled to stabilize these grand Indian monuments and also their related structural features. The excavation process which was carried out recently revealed some interesting objects including wonderful terra cotta objects, large collection of stone images and stucco findings which were once used to decorate the Hampi palaces.
For any history freak who is really interested to survey the historical facts and possess mesmerism towards culturally rich heritage sits, then the monuments at Hampi will definitely be memorable experience for them. One can plan their tout with Incredible India.com and travel around these wonderful areas. For additional information and to book for a trip to these clusters of monuments, please complete the form or just keep in touch with us.
Best time to visit Hampi
Generally Hampi possesses a warm and dry climate. The ideal period to tour this place is during the months of September to February.
Winter season (November – February) is very cool and pleasant. The temperature during day time will be less than 34°C whereas the night temperatures may go down to 12°C. Some of the adventure activities along with sightseeing are really memorable during winter months.
Summer season (March – May) delivers warm atmosphere where the maximum temperature may be around 40 degree C. This may not be an ideal season to tour Hampi.
Monsoon season (June – August) offers slightly wet weather coupled with good showers. It is an ideal time for rain lovers to take pleasure in the scenic atmosphere and peaceful and calm atmosphere of the region.
Hampi is not an ideal place for any outdoor activities during the months of March to May as it carries a hot climate. The place remains almost deserted during this period. Rain lovers will definitely enjoy their monsoon visit as the place delivers a peaceful and calm atmosphere. October – February is the ideal time to explore the historically significant Hampi and also for other sightseeing and tourist activities.
How to reach Hampi
The nearby railway station is Hospet, which is situated 13 km from Hampi. Cabs and Taxis may charge INR 200 to reach the destination from the railway station. The Hospet railway station has got good connectivity from Bangalore (Hampi Express), Hyderabad (Kop Hyderabad Express) and also from other major places inside and neighboring states of Karnataka.
The nearby domestic airport is at Bellary which is located about 60 km from Hampi. The closest international airport is at Bengaluru which is at 350 km distance. Cabs and taxis may charge INR 1200 from Bellary to reach Hampi and INR 6000 to reach the destination from Bengaluru. Bellary air terminal is linked with Bengaluru airport which in turn is well linked with all the airports in our country. Bengaluru airport is well connected with international destinations including Malaysia, Singapore and London etc…
All the nearby cities are well connected with Hampi with the help of KSRTC buses. There are also many private transport buses available from Bengaluru which may charge around INR 1100. From Gokarna, they may collect INR 1000 and from Goa it may come around INR 1200 to reach Hampi.
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