I have been brought up in Hospet (Bellary Dist.). Although I’m staying in one of the most happening cities – ‘Bangalore’, my heart always lies in HOSPET. So, this has to be my mandatory post 😀
People who have been to Hampi would definitely fall in love with the peace, the smell, the colors, the people, those tam-tam autos, the food (typical North-Karnataka food) you’ll find continental food as well and much more ❤
Hospet, officially Hosapete is located on the Tungabhadra river, 12 km from Hampi- UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples in this holy city are spectacular. Some of the major monuments are:
- The Hampi is located on the ruins of Vijayanagara, the capital of former Vijayanagara Empire, and home to the significant Virupaksha Temple(one of the holiest temples in India).
2. The Musical Pillars of Vittala Temple; “The musical pillars are a testimony of Hindu art. These music columns, made of solid granite, were played to accompany devotional chants, vocal music, and dance performances. The Vijaya Vittala Temple in Hampi has 56 Musical Pillars also known as the SaRiGaMa Pillars. Sa, Ri, Ga, Ma, are the four of the seven musical notes. The pillars produce musical tones when struck with a thumb. It sounds like bells ringing.”
3. Queen’s bath: The Queen’s Bath in Hampi is a colossal bath that exemplifies the architectural excellence prevalent during the days of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is located close to the entrance of the Royal Enclosure in Hampi. Constructed during the reign of the Vijayanagara Empire, the Queen’s Bath impresses visitors even today, more than 500 years after it was built. Although the Queen’s Bath is an empty structure now. Its walls have lost their shine. The building has lost its glory. The floor of the bath has some empty sockets that were once used to support pillars. These pillars are believed to have been part of a canopy that was destroyed during the Mughal attacks on Hampi.
4. The Stone Chariot: The chariot was built by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire during the 16th century, who got fascinated with the Konark Sun temple chariot while fighting a battle in Odissa. The chariot is meant to represent the beauty and artistic perfection of the Empire. An interesting folklore emanates from the Hampi chariot as villagers believe that the world would come to a halt when the chariot moves from its place. It has come to have a sacrosanct presence and is internationally recognized as a world heritage site even by the UNESCO. The Hampi Chariot has earned its name among the other three famous stone chariots in India- One in Konark, Orissa, and the other in Mahabalipuram (Tamil Nadu).
5. Mahanavami Dibba: Dasara Dibba or the Mahanavami Dibba is a beautiful stone platform located within the Royal Enclosure of Hampi. It was built to commemorate his victory over Udaygiri. It was here where the King of Vijayanagar used to celebrate the festival of Dasara (Dussehra). However, The Dasara Dibba is in a ruined state now with damaged carvings on the side of the platform.
6. Badavalinga Temple that houses large Shiva lingam: Badavilinga Temple is a wonderful temple in Hampi dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Hindu deity Shiva is worshipped in the form of a Linga in this temple. The Badavilinga temple is located near the Lakshmi Narasimha Temple. Tourists, as well as devotees, flock to the temple throughout the year.
7. Malyavantha Raghunath Temple: The main temple is dedicated to Lord Raghunatha (Rama).
8. Hazara Rama Temple: Hazara Rama Temple in Hampi is an important shrine in Hampi. This small but beautiful temple is located at the center of the royal area. The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, a Hindu deity. It was once the private temple of the kings and the royal family of Vijayanagara. The temple is famous for the lovely panels depicting the story of the epic Ramayana.
9. Lotus Mahal: A tour to Hampi is incomplete without visiting Lotus Mahal. It is one of the fine architectural designed palaces that are uniquely identified by its lotus look like structure. This glorious building is within the Zenana Enclosure, a segregated area that is used by the royal women of Vijayanagara Dynasty.
10. Elephant Stable: The elephant stable in Hampi is one of the finest examples of the Indo-Islamic style of architecture. Though most of the structures and monuments in Hampi were built using the Vijayanagara style of architecture, a few structures display the Indo-Islamic style as well. The elephant stable is a prominent building in Hampi that displays this beautiful architectural style.
And many more.
Hampi has a lot to offer – For travelers, backpackers, history buffs & worshippers. Whether you’re going solo or in a group; if you wanna do cycling, trekking, swimming or rock climbing, or if you wanna just sit and chill – Hampi has something in store for everyone. And all this is amidst the deserted ruins of a five-hundred-year-old empire! Also, there are really good resorts, restaurants, homestays, hotels and I believe there will not be any problem regarding your staying facilities.
So, guys do not miss such wonderful place. Do visit it and have an amazing experience 😉