This has been an overdue post from June. Ever since after my Hampi Visit, I was planning to do this post. But, I could not complete and publish it for many reason. So I thought why not do it now. It’s better late than never. 🙂
Hampi is famous for its historical importance. There are various magnificent monolithic sculptures and important building and monuments preserved and maintained well. Here I thought of sharing the historical structures which we have seen during our visit with its importance. This could help anyone who visit Hampi some idea of each monuments. These cannot be missed during your visit in Hampi.
1.Vijaya Vittala Temple.-It is the most extravagant temple in Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. Vittala Temple was originally built in the 15th century AD.The highlight of Vittala temple is its impressive pillared halls and the stone chariot. The halls are carved with an overwhelming array of sculptures on the giant granite pillars.2.Stone Chariot-This is referred to as the flagship attraction of Hampi. This is actually a Shrine built like a chariot.This is located at the entrance of the Vittala Temple.It may appear to be a monolithic structure, but it is constructed with giant rocks and the joints are covered with beautiful carvings and paintings. Its a must t click a picture with stone chariot in the background when you are in Hampi.3.Kadalekalu Ganapathi-This is one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesha that exists in South India.This monolithic statue of Ganesha is 15 feet Tall.The belly of Ganesha has been chiseled in such a manner that it resembles a Bengal gram. So it is called as Peanut Ganesha as well.4.Ugra Narasimha-It is the largest monolithic statue in Hampi.The statue is located on the southern side of the Hemakuta group of temples.The structure was built during the 15th century by Krishnadevaraya, the famous ruler of the Vijayanagara Kingdom.The gigantic statue was destructed in 1565 A.D during the raid by the Mughals that led to the fall of the Vijayanagara Empire. Now it is preserved and maintained under UNESCO.5.Badavi Linga-Located next to the Narasimha statue,the Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening in the front. Legend has it that this was commissioned by a peasant woman and hence the name (Badva means poor in local tongue).The sanctum in which the Linga is installed is always filled with water as a water channel is made to flow through it.6.Mahanavami Dibba- It is a beautiful stone platform that is located within the Royal Enclosure of Hampi. It was built during the period of the Vijayanagara Empire in the typical Vijayanagara style of architecture.The grand platform was used as a stage by the kings to watch the celebration of the nine-day long splendid Mahanavami festival, also known as the Dasara festival.It is one of the main tourist attraction in Hampi.
7. Lotus Mahal-The Lotus Mahal is designed in the Indo-Islamic style of architecture.This majestic structure is a part of the Zenana Enclosure, a secluded area reserved for the royal ladies of the Vijayanagara Empire. The Lotus Mahal is also known as the Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal.The archways of the structure resemble petals of a lotus and provide the whole structure the shape of a half-open lotus bud. The central dome is carved in the shape of a lotus bud,hence the name.
8.Elephant Stable-The Elephant Stable in Hampi is an impressive structure that was used to provide shelter for the royal elephants of the Vijayanagara Empire.It is one of the very few structures that have not suffered extensive damage during the Mughal attack on Hampi that led to the downfall of the Vijayanagara Empire in 1565 A.D.This is also one of the major tourist attractions in Hampi.9.Queen’s Bath-The Queen’s Bath in Hampi is a colossal bath that exemplifies the architectural excellence prevalent during the days of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located close to the entrance of the Royal Enclosure in Hampi.It was said to be the private bathing chamber of the queen. This structure was my personal favorite too 🙂10. Pushkarani-The Pushkaranis in Hampi are the sacred stepped water tanks that are attached to the temples. Most of the major temples in Hampi have a pushkarani built near them. The pushkaranis were a prominent feature of the ruined town.It was related to the various rituals and functional aspects of the temples and the people surrounding the temples.
Now you know which are the main places to visit there.
So all set to visit Hampi??