Hampi

Hampi is a village in northern Karnataka state, India. It is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, it continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, as well as several other monuments belonging to the old city. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.
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Virupaksha Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Hampi, India (by photogunni).

Virupaksha temple, Unesco World Heritage, Hampi, India

#River Tungabhadra, #Hampi, #India

Can't wait to visit and take a ride on a coracle.

Hampi, Karnataka, India- Summer 2009

Hampi, Karnataka, India- Summer 2009

Hampi, India

Hampi, India

This long building with a row of domed chambers was used to ‘park’ the royal elephants. There are 11 domed tall chambers; some of them are inter- connected. The center one is specially decorated and big. Probably the musicians and the associated band troupes had been using this during ceremonies involving elephant processions.

This long building with a row of domed chambers was used to ‘park’ the royal elephants. There are 11 domed tall chambers; some of them are inter- connected. The center one is specially decorated and big. Probably the musicians and the associated band troupes had been using this during ceremonies involving elephant processions.

The one that needs a special mention inside the Zenana Enclosure is the Lotus Mahal. Or rather this is the highlight in Zenana Enclosure. The exact function of this is not surely known.  Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, this is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition. The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. The archways and the balcony with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome.

The one that needs a special mention inside the Zenana Enclosure is the Lotus Mahal. Or rather this is the highlight in Zenana Enclosure. The exact function of this is not surely known. Unlike the other major structures in Hampi, this is made out of lime mortar and brick made composition. The shape of the structure is what brought it the name. The archways and the balcony with the domed construction resemble a half opened lotus bud. Also is the lotus bud shape carved on to the center dome.

This temple has pillars which are tuned to classical Indian scales, and can be played by rapping on the stone. Have a look at this video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7j5xchVDOg

This temple has pillars which are tuned to classical Indian scales, and can be played by rapping on the stone. Have a look at this video.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7j5xchVDOg

Underground shiva temple.

A water filled interior of a temple in Hampi, Karnataka. The Romans built underground water reservoirs.

One of the beautiful remains in the Durbar area is tile Stepped Tank built in chlorite schist, used by the royals and for religious purposes.

One of the beautiful remains in the Durbar area is tile Stepped Tank built in chlorite schist, used by the royals and for religious purposes.


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