Travel back in time as you head to the ancient village of Hampi in Karnataka, India. The village is dotted with ruins of ancient structures, including temples.
It is one of the most important UNESCO designated World Heritage Sites in India and has a pronounced rustic charm. The village is surrounded by green stretches of palm groves, banana plantations, and paddy fields. Read on to know more about some of the historical attractions of the region.
Vijaya Vittala Temple
Explore the history of the region with a visit to the Vijaya Vittala Temple, a 15th century temple with rich traditional temple architecture. The temple complex is massive and has many other temples, pavilions, and halls. Dedicated to Lord Vittala, the temple boasts beautiful pillared halls, huge stone chariots, and ruins of the ancient Vittalapura township. The temple is a perfect example of India’s spectacular religious architecture.
Explore the stunning Zenana enclosure, an isolated area that was exclusively reserved for royal ladies. Spend some time admiring the Lotus Mahal, which is located at the southeast corner of the enclosure. The Lotus Mahal is a pastel coloured arched pavilion with two floors. Move on to discover the Queen’s Palace in the centre of the area.
Feel blessed in the serene atmosphere of the Virupaksha Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Virupaksha, who is considered to be the principal god of the ancient Vijaynagara royals. The temple, built around the 7th century, is not only an important attraction of the region but also the region’s main pilgrimage centre. Marvel at the ancient architectural features of the temple, some of which have been well preserved.
Hazara Rama Temple
The ancient Hazara Rama Temple is a popular attraction of the Hampi ruins. Visit the temple and admire the long arrays of carvings depicting stories of the Hindu mythology Ramayana on the temple walls. The temple is located in the centre of the royal area. It is believed to be a private temple of the king or the royal family and stands at a nodal location of the royal area.
Once the hotbed of the power of the ruling royals, the ruins of the Royal Enclosure of Hampi today include a vast expanse of open ground with several small shelters. Explore the King’s Audience Hall or the 100-Pillared Hall, its huge and stunning stepped tank, an underground chamber, and the Dossier Platform. Be ready for a good stroll or a walk at the Royal Enclosure as the place is quite big.