Hampi- a village, a temple town, the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime,recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, registered as the Group of Monuments at Hampi and what not! It’s not possible to explain each speciality of this place as it’s never-ending.
Hampi has great importance in our history. A Brahmi inscription and a terracotta seal of 2nd century got recovered from the excavation site of this Ashokan kingdom. The first settlements in Hampi dates back to 1 CE.
1. Importance of Hampi in Vijaynagar Empire!
Being the former capital of Vijayanagar, a 14th century empire, its ruins spread out over an area of 26km. It’s interesting to know that before the decline of Vijayanagar Empire,diamonds were put for sale on the streets, but the street got called as Pan Supaari Street. Now this Street got marked by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Hampi is well be hoof the visit. The area is solely incredible. This arid landscape blooms with lush palm, banana, and mango trees nuzzled near the river.
It’s a best place to spend a few days rambling around and exploring the rich, vibrant history of India.
2. Religious Importance!
Hampi has numerous Hindu temples to embrace the culture. Some of the notable Temples are listed below:
1. Badavi Linga: The largest Linga image in Hampi. The shrine in which the Linga is situated is always filled with water .According to Hindu theology the River Ganga (brought from Swarga (heaven) to earth to douse the drought.
2. Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple: Built in the ancient style of architecture
3. Hazara Rama Temple Complex: This temple complex is well-known for elaborate paintings and a courtyard laid with gardens. It is well-known for more than thousands carvings & inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana.
4. Jain Temple: 14th century, Reliefs of Jain temples are present in this area that includes Ratnantraykut, Parsvanath Charan , Hemkut Jain temples and Ganigattijain temple.
5. Krishna Temple Complex: The temple has the holy Tank or the Pushkarani.
6. Vittala Temple Complex: The iconic stone chariot in the domain of this temple complex is a symbol of Karnataka Tourism.The temple is famous for mystical musical pillars
7. Harihar: 1223 is a temple attraction built on the banks of Tungabhadra River. Taking bath in Tungabhadra River on the bank of Harihar relieves you of all past sins is a popular belief. The architecture of the temple is in Hoysala style.
Other major attraction of the town is an archaeological museum. The museum displays vestige of wars, ancient coins and manuscripts.
Other famous monuments in Hampi are
• Archaeological Museum at Kamalapura
• Aqueducts and Canals
• Zanana enclosure
• Lotus Mahal
3. Getting in Hampi!
The city is connected by all modes of transport. But, Hospet is the gateway to Hampi.
By Air: Bellary is the nearest airport to Hampi. And Banglore is more international visitors.
By Train: The nearest railway station is Hospet which is around 13 km from Hampi. There way from Bellary to Hiriyur also.
4. Exploring Hampi
The real pleasure in discovering Hampi comes from being on a bicycle or by walking around if you enjoy history, culture and nature. One can avail for Bicycles from State Tourism Center. Another convenient way to see all the sights is by rikshaw. Also, the majority of the guest houses are on other side of the river so Motor boat is a requirement to cross river.
5. Must to Do at Hampi!
HimavatKedaya waterfall is a beautiful picnic spot and is worth a visit for its picturesque beauty and pleasing atmosphere. Ayurvedic Massage Center Anjili is great and very affordable for ayurvedic treatments of ancient era.
• Sanapur Lake is a must-visit. Hire a moped or a bicycle to reach there. The serene and serene surroundings of the lake is a true delight for nature enthusiasts and a great place to relax.
• Rock-climbing at Virupapura Gaddi side of the river is an adventurous option to explore this town.
• Hampi Utsav, during first week of November is a visual relish to see light and sound show of all the monuments.