The Bazaar with Pearls and Diamonds..


The Amazing Stone Ratha of Vittala Temple of Hampi

A walk back into the Bazaar street of Hampi,where Merchants freely traded Diamonds,Pearls and Golden ware…Those were the Golden days of Vijayanagara Empire in the early 13th Cntury..

The name “Hampi” is an english  version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (fromVirupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers).

Virupaksha Temple known as the Pampapathi temple, it is aShiva temple situated in the Hampi Bazaar. It predates the founding of the Vijayanagar Empire. The temple has a 160-foot (49 m) high tower at its entrance. Apart from Shiva, the temple complex also contains shrines of the Hindu goddesses Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa..

Hazara Rama Temple Complex : This ruined temple complex is well known for elaborate frescoes from the Hindu religion and a sprawling courtyard well-laid with gardens. It is well known for more than many thousand carvings & inscriptions on & in the temple depicting the mighty story of Ramayana. It has about 1000 carvings & inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana.

Vittala Temple Complex : This is perhaps the most famous and well-known among the ruins of Hampi. The iconic stone chariot in the vicinity of this temple complex is a symbol of  Vijayanagar Architectural marvel.. Off late, floodlights have been installed in the temple complex that provide illumination at dusk, thereby adding to the grandeur of the architecture.

The mandapas of vittala temple.

The temple houses the famous musical pillars. (se pic above)The British wanted to check the reason behind this wonder and so they had cut two pillars to check anything was there inside the pillars that was producing the sound. They had found nothing but hollow pillars. Even today we can see those pillars cut by the British.

The road leading to the temple was once a market where the horses were traded. Even today we can see the ruins of the market on both the sides of the road. The temple contains the images of foreigners like Persians selling horses.

Dont forget to visit the Mahal,the Palace , the Elephant Stable ,and  the Museum nearby

Vijayanagara architecture can be broadly classified into religious, courtly and civic architecture, as can the associated sculptures and paintings.[2] The Vijayanagara style is a combination of the Chalukya,Hoysala,Pandya,and Chola. styles which evolved earlier in the centuries when these empires ruled and is characterised by a return to the simplistic and serene art of the past.

The Truncated(By Ghazini Mohamed) Laxmi Narasimhar!

and enjoy a sublime atmosphere@Shanthi Guest House across the River!


About s.rajah iyer

An MBA.. Interested in writing,Reading..Indian Philosophy
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