Rock, rock and more rock is all about Hampi.
Hampi is a beautiful town of incredible ruins and stories to behold. The place is a bunch of divine temples, beautiful aquatic structures, royal embellishments and majestic ruins for tourists and pilgrims both. Hampi is located in east-central Karnataka, also it is around 342.5 Km away from the capital city Bangalore, India.
History of Hampi
In 3rd century BC, Hampi was a part of the Mauryan Empire. Hampi was considered as the 2ndbiggest city in the world and at that time it was capital of the Hindu Vijayanagara Empire in almost 1500.
What is the Best time to travel Hampi?
During the summer season, this prehistoric visiting spot is quite hot in weather conditions. However, visiting Hampi in the month of May and June are not encouraged. Monsoon shower brings life to this place as in July month the weather turns to be the most pleasant one. Monsoons bring average rainfall in Hampi along with good time to marvel at monuments and several other sites here. The visitor gets lost in the place for a colossal and memorable experience. Nevertheless, monsoon is the best season to visit this place.
From site seeing to indulging in activities, the most appropriate time to visit Hampi is from November to February. Vijaya Dashmi festival is celebrated with great joy in a proper religious manner. Anyhow, this reason also makes November month best time to visit Hampi India.
Places to visit in Hampi
Hampi is illustrious and prominent due to its cluster of temples, archways and pavilions scattered all over. Almost all temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva and were built in the 10th century AD. The most popular attraction is stone chariot featured on Rs 50 note. Howbeit, this architectural marvel is within Vittala temple. In particular, it is a shrine fixed in the form of a chariot which reclines on a platform about 1 foot high.
Lord Vishnu’s carrier, Garudda is the shrine in the temple. The utter beauty and stone carvings make this place an intriguing place to visit in Hampi. One of the notable craft of this temple is the Musical Pillars. In other words, these 56 musical pillars also named as SaReGaMa pillars form Ranga Mandapa. These pillars sound like bells ringing when rubbed with the thumb. Noteworthy, these pillars produce a rhythmic sound resembling Saregama when hit by Sandalwood.
Virupaksha Temple is another stunning art of Indian architecture designed by UNESCO world heritage site. Even more, it is suspected that Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati in this temple.
In Royal Enclosure, there is a rectangular building which resembles the Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Queen’s bath is a royal bath place for the royal family’s kings and queens. The bath consists of a square tank of 6 feet depth from all sides filled with flowers and spread fragrance and perfumes all around.
The other attractive monument is Anjaneya hill. Anjaneya temple is sacrarium of Hanuman from where tourists get a perfect and satisfying view of sunrise and sunset. According to Hindu mythology, this hill is the birthplace of Lord Hanuman. The worshipers of Lord Rama consider its an important place.
Likewise, a two-story archway and a monolithic Sasivekalu Ganesha statue is another religious charm of Hampi. The statue is 8 feet tall. Also, it is carved out of a single rock. This temple is almost one of the finest specimens indeed.
Lotus Palace, a graceful two-storeyed non-religious pavilion which gives a glimpse of past glories. The palace is an alluring and ravishing combination of the Hindu and Islamic styles of architecture. the awesome magnificence of Hampi’s temples. Furthermore, the palace consists of recessed archways, Elephant repositories, the Mahanavami Dibba and many more.
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Furthermore, if the ruins can look this beautiful just imagine how it must have looked when it was built in the 16th century. If you are a historian, photographer, tourist or an archaeology student, you will find many interesting spots in Hampi.