Hampi is known for its splendid architectural and 1000 + ruined monuments Before the world knew it as the worlds most prosperous & most affluent Kingdom on earth it was known as a spiritual centre of learning, Yogis, practice, and mysticism, Hampi ( Kiskinda ) also finds a prominent place in Ramayana. Hampi is also known for its mesmerizing geological boulders, majestically flowing Tungabhadra river.
The austere and grandiose site of Hampi comprise mainly the remnants of the Capital City of Vijayanagara Empire (14th-16th Cent CE), the last great Hindu Kingdom. The property encompasses an area of 4187, 24 hectares, located in the Tungabhadra basin in Central Karnataka, Bellary District.
Hampi’s spectacular setting is dominated by river Tungabhadra, craggy hill ranges and open plains, with widespread physical remains. The sophistication of the varied urban, royal and sacred systems is evident from the more than 1600 surviving remains that include forts, riverside features, royal and sacred complexes, temples, shrines, pillared halls, Mandapas, memorial structures, gateways, defence check posts, stables, water structures, etc.
Among these, the Krishna temple complex, Narasimha, Ganesa, Hemakuta group of temples, Achyutaraya temple complex, Vitthala temple complex, Pattabhirama temple complex, Lotus Mahal complex, can be highlighted. Suburban townships (puras) surrounded the large Dravidian temple complexes containing subsidiary shrines, bazaars, residential areas and tanks applying the unique hydraulic technologies and skilfully and harmoniously integrating the town and defence architecture with surrounding landscape. The remains unearthed in the site delineate both the extent of the economic prosperity and political status that once existed indicating a highly developed society.
Dravidian architecture flourished under the Vijayanagara Empire and its ultimate form is characterised by their massive dimensions, cloistered enclosures, and lofty towers over the entrances encased by decorated pillars.
The Vitthla temple is the most exquisitely ornate structure on the site and represents the culmination of Vijayanagara temple architecture. It is a fully developed temple with associated buildings like Kalyana Mandapa and Utsava Mandapa within a cloistered enclosure pierced with three entrance Gopurams. In addition to the typical spaces present in contemporary temples, it boasts of a Garuda shrine fashioned as a granite ratha and a grand bazaar street. This complex also has a large Pushkarani (stepped tank) with a Vasantotsava mandapa (ceremonial pavilion at the centre), wells and a network of water channels.
Another unique feature of temples at Hampi is the wide Chariot streets flanked by the rows of Pillared Mandapas, introduced when chariot festivals became an integral part of the rituals. The stone chariot in front of the temple is also testimony to its religious ritual. Most of the structures at Hampi are constructed from local granite, burnt bricks and lime mortar. The stone masonry and lantern roofed post and lintel system were the most favoured construction technique. The massive fortification walls have irregular cut size stones with paper joints by filling the core with rubble masonry without any binding material. The gopuras over the entrances and the sanctum proper have been constructed with stone and brick. The roofs have been laid with the heavy thick granite slabs covered with a water proof course of brick jelly and lime mortar.
Vijayanagar empire gave great empasisis on the cultural heritiage of India be it the architecture, Vachanas ( Mystic verses ) by Sharanas etc.
Dravidian architecture survives in the rest of Southern India spread through the patronage of the Vijayanagara rulers. The Raya Gopura, introduced first in the temples attributed to Raja Krishna Deva Raya, is a landmark all over South India.
Some of the finest rulers who built the Vijayanagar empire to its full glory are the Hakka and the Bukka brothers who are the founders, in the later years Proudadevaraya, Mallikarjunadeva raya and also the most popular Krishnadevaraya .
Hampi is UNESCO 's World Heritage site and recently mentioned by the New York Times as the must-visit destination on Earth
Many scriptures, inscriptions have a deep mention of Yoga practice at Hampi from centuries, because of its significance spiritually. Even today you site Yogi’s practicing in the caves of Hampi . There are unwritten legends within the local community which mention of Yogi’s practicing yoga and meditation in the caves of Hampi from many hundred years.
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The other activities include Hampi walking, guided tours, trekking, traditional Indian wear dressing, Mehndi, Rangoli, Photoshoot at Hampi boulders and monuments.
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