This was my first ever visit to Hampi. Heard and read a lot about this world heritage site and so I was very curious to know about it more.So on 22nd December I started my journey to Hampi. The direct train from Bangalore will take you to Hospete. From Hospete to Hampi you need to take a bus. 30 mins from Hospete and you will be in Hampi. Once you reach Hampi immediately you will notice that It was the land of rich and great architecture.This place still have some signs of the strong enginnering of that time even after so many years.It’s rich heritage and culture is still alive.
So actually Hampi is separated by Tunghbhadra River.It was kind of a defense system back in those days to protect the one side of Capital from invaders.So you need to cross it in order to get to the other side.
But most of the attraction and heritage sites are only on this side of river.So first let’s start with the heritage sites of this side.Once you reach Hampi the very first thing you will get to witness is The Virupaksha Temple.It’s one side is defended by the river.It is one of the greatest and most beautiful architecture examples of those days.The temple is dedicated to Virupaksha,one form of Shiva.The temple is decorated with delicately carved pillars.Whenever I get to witness such precisely carved monuments the only thing comes to my mind is how strong the civil enginnering was back in those days.I didn’t get much time to explore much about it as I was supposed to explore the other monuments too on the same day.But it was lovely experience to witness this place and I would like to visit it again so that I can explore it properly.:)
After this I had a chance to visit Lotus Temple.It was lso the meeting of the king and his ministers.Unlike the other sculptures and monument which are now completely ruined in Hampi due to the attack of invaders over the years this mahal still have some signs of rich and great heritage and architecture of that time when India was known as “The Golden Bird”. There is also a very famous structure known as “Buland Darwaza” in the campus of it.But unfortunately you can witness it only on the history books bcoz It is completely destructed.
This monument is spread in a very vast area.There are two monuments which are still perserved in their original structures.
After this we headed towards The Krishna Temple.This Large and ornate,east facing temple was consecrated with an icon in Balakrishna brought from Udayagiri (orissa) by Krishnadevarya as indicated in an inscription dated 1513 A.D.The temple complex built in Panchayatana style with two enclousers has the main shrine with the sanctum a vestibule pillared pavilions and halls.A devi shrine and many subshrines. In addition there is kitchen towards The southeast of the main shrine and a separate store.The pillars of the Mahamandapa has sculpted depictions of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu.
In front of the famous Krishana Temple there is a famous Hampi Bazar(Famously called as Street bazar at that time) which is in 500 MTS and sacred water tank thereafter to the east which is completely ruined now.According to the Local people this market was used to be mainly for the Gold and Silver.Unfortunately the major part of the bazar is now completely ruined.But this is still one of the greatest architecture examples of the era of Vijaynagar Kingdom.This shows how systematically and well planned enginnering was there back in those days!!