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Hampi Karnataka is in the capital city of Vijayanagar. It was founded by two brothers Bukkaraya and Harihara under the guidance of their Guru Vidyaranya. Hampi history tells that it was a large Hindu empire with a many trading centers of the world. Hampi Karnataka was a hub for rubies, diamonds and all precious stones were sold on the streets in large quantities. Gold and Silver were the currencies. According to the Hampi history, it was built in the year 1336. It was a great centre for trade, devotees and poets. There were a number of temples spread over the city. Hampi history tells that Lord Rama met Hanumantha and killed Vali in Hampi. Sultan of Deccan attacked the golden empire thus put an end of the city around 1565.
Hampi Vijayanagra Architecture:
Hampi Vijayanagra architecture falls in three categories—Civil, Military and Religious. The common factor among all the three is that the whole of Hampi’s architecture projects out the Vijayanagar School of architecture with bold, coarse and plane style. Hampi’s architecture stands out in its irrigation structures. The remains of Bukka’s aqueduct in Anegondi gives an example of such projects. Large temples enclosed within giant compound walls speak out the fineness of Hampi’s architecture. Gatways are made up of tall pyramidcal towers. The principle shrine is the centre of the campus and the main towered gateway are in the sale axis. Principle shrines are surrounded by auxillary shrines of the Goddess and gods of the Hindus.
Hampi Location and Hampi Timings:
Hampi location is a village in northern Karnataka state. Hamps’ location is within the ruins of Vijayanagara. It is an important religious centre. Hampi location is on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. Hampi location is 353 km from Bangalore and 74 km from Bellary. Hampi timings for tourist is from 5.30 a.m. to 11 p.m. The annual Vijayanagar Festival is organized in the month of November by the Government of Karnataka especially for foreign tourists. The best Hampi timings for visit are in the month October to March.
Hampi in India and Other Monuments:
The Queen’s Bath a best-known structures near Hampi, Hazara Rama Temple, Lotus Palace near Hazara Ram Temple, Elephant Quarter near Zenana enclosure, Archaeological Museum at Kamalapuram, Anegondi a fortified area north of Hampi Bazaar, Virupaksha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva as Virupaksha, Vijayavitthala Temple a splendid temple complex which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu at Vitthala; Mahanavami Dibba or the House of Victory built by
Tula Bhara located close to the Vitthala Temple have two high carved granite pillarsof 12 ft high stone beam; and Sasivekalu and Kadalekalu Ganesha are two huge stone idols of Ganesha, located on the Hemakuntam Hills are some of other monuments of Hampi In India .
Reaching out to Hampi In India : Vijayanagar is well connected by rail, air and buses. The nearest airport is at Tomagallu in Sandur Taluk which is 32 km from Hospet. Banaglore based air-charter TAAL is operating sightseeing charter flights to Hampi. The airport at Bellary is second nearest airport. Hospet railway station is 190 kms and Bangalore railway statin is 353 kms away from Hampi. KSRTC buses ply regularly from Hospet to Hampi.