Hampi: A must visit historical place in 2019 | #Xplorebharat

 

If you are a historical person then you are very well aware of Hampi. Hampi is one of the beautiful tourist locations in Karnataka state. With its history and glory, Hampi grabs a must-see-place title in Indian tourism.

Our #Xplorebharat Blog train has traveled to many wonderful locations. Yesterday Sonia took us to beautiful Shillong and today it is my turn!

I’m gonna take you all to the historical place, the great HAMPI.


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Hampi, UNESCO world heritage site is standing on the banks of Tungabhadra river in the East side of Karnataka.

Surrounded by tall Coconut trees, Tungabhadra river, Hampi has made its mark in Hindu Epic Ramayana. According to Ramayana, Rama met Hanuman in this place.

Recently Newyork Times Published 52 places to go in 2019 & guess what! Hampi is in Top 2. In this worldwide list, while Puerto Rico is in Top position Hampi succeeded to get the number 2 position.

 

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History

 

There is no great way to start writing about Hampi other than looking into its History.

Hampi is traditionally known as Pampa kshetra. Pampa is another name of Paravathi, who pursued her Yogini lifestyle in this place. That is how Hampi got its name Pampa Kshetra.

Hampi was the kingdom of the Vijayanagara empire, a kingdom that was so rich that people used to sell pearls on streets.

At the end of the day, sellers used to cover the Pearls with cloth and go home. By the time they come early morning to start Busines everything will be intact, as it is as they left on the previous day.

 

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Muhammad bin Tughlaq looted the Kampili Kingdom and destroyed it completely. The Hindu women of Kampili committed Jauhar (ritual mass suicide) when the Kampili soldiers faced defeat by Tughlaq’s army.

From the residues of Kampili kingdom, Hampi was built which became one of the biggest and richest kingdoms that India has ever seen. Many traders attracted towards Hampi by its fortune, architecture, rivers, gateways, memorial structures, kings and many other facilities that Hampi offered.

 

Let’s take a tour to Hampi;

 

Hampi ruins are scattered over 26km. You need a complete day or two to see every temple which tells you a story of an extinct Kingdom.

You can rent a bicycle or a moped to explore Hampi on your own. But be careful about the uneven and stoned surfaces.

 

Virupaksha Temple

 

As soon as you enter Hampi, the first thing you will see is the pinnacle of Virupaksha temple. This temple is a collection of smaller temples such as Shiva, Parvathi & Durga temples.

 

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Here worship is performed ever since the temple was built and tradition has been continued till today. No wonder this Dravidian architecture has listed in UNESCO heritage list.

Once you enter the temple, you can see Elephant Lakshmi who welcomes everyone with her blessings. Inside the temple, Rangamantapa (Hall) is built with Vijayanagar Art inscription on the roof making it a place for events such as marriage ceremonies.

Goddesses and Hindu symbols are craved beautifully on each and every pillar.

 

Vithala Temple

 

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Also called as Vijaya Vithala temple, this temple is an extraordinary example for Vijayanagar dynasty and their unlimited love towards architecture. Krishna or Vithoba is worshiped daily in this temple.

An enormous chariot sculpted in stone is standing in front of Vithala temple.

 

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The pillars of the temple produce musical tones. Can you believe it? Nicely designed musical notes on a stone pillar! How intelligent were those sculptors & architects! One big salute to them.

 

Hemakuta Hills

 

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Standing in between Virupaksha temple & Krishna temple, Hemakuta hill has a collection of world’s greatest monuments. You can see the almost entire city of Hampi standing on Hemakuta hills.

Vijayanagar empire has built stone walls on this hill. Today all we can see is the imprints of such great constructions.

According to mythology, during Shiva-Parvathi marriage there was a rain of gold on these hills. Since Hema in Sanskrit means gold, these hills got the name Hemakuta.

 

Kadalekaalu & Saasivekaalu Ganesha

 

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On top of Hemakuta hills, there are statues/Monolithics of Kadalekaalu & Saasivekaalu Ganesha. As you can see in the image, a few parts of these statues are damaged.

There is a very slight difference in the structure of these Ganesha statues. Carved on a single rock they are the dazzling beauty of stone art.

Their naming is quite interesting! Kadalekaalu Ganesha is named based on his gram shaped belly (Kadalekaalu in Kannada) & Saasivekaalu Ganesha is named after his mustard shaped belly (Saasivekaalu in Kannada).

 

Shivalinga & Yoga Narasimha

 

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Almost one km from Virupaksha temple, Krishna temple is on the other side of the Hemakuta hill.

Krishna temple exterior has two largest monolithic, one is Shiva Linga and another one is Yoga Narasimha statue.

Shiva linga also known as Badavilinga temple is on the South side of the Krishna temple. According to sources, a poor (Bada) women constructed this to show her devotion towards Shiva. This ShivaLinga is standing on the water that comes from the Tungabhadra river.

Yoga Narasimha Statue, the dire look of Vishnu in his Narasimhan Avatar (Half man, half lion) is craved in one single rock! This statue is 6.7 meter in height.

 

Pushkarani

 

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Pushkarini is the sacred water stored in front of a Hindu temple. It is said that if we drink this water or sprinkler it on our head, all the sins will be washed away.

Hampi also has Pushkarani in one of the market roads and there is water till today.

 

Bazaars (Markets)

 

In Hampi, every temple has a large outstretched market in front of it.

Abdul Razzaq, who visited from Persia, described Hampi as a city with seven layers of forts, with outer layers for agriculture, crafts, and residence, the inner third to seventh layers very crowded with shops and bazaar.

Today we can see Long ruined markets in front of Virupaksha temple, Krishna temple, Achyutaraya temple, Vithala temple and imagine the vast amount of trading happened centuries ago.

 

Achyutaraya Temple

 

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The main idol worshipped in Achyutaraya temple is Lord Tiruvengalanatha, another form of Shree Vishnu. Vijayanagar King Achyuta Raya built this temple.

Though it is majorly damaged by the Bahumanis, Achyutaraya temple still holds the magnificence of Vijayanagara architecture.

There is a big market in front of this temple. Temple gateway showcases the emblem of Vijayanagar Empire, Varaha (one of the form Vishnu), a sword, moon & the son.

 

That’s not all…

 

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Yes, that’s not it! There is so much more to explore in Hampi. If you go and wander yourself you might discover some new descriptions, small temples within temples, arts on stones and many other things.

There are many pieces of research on this forgotten empire and many have written books on this architectural beauty.

 

How to reach Hampi

 

Located in the Andhra border, Hampi can be easily reached from Bengaluru (Hampi Express: connecting Bengaluru & Hubli), Hyderabad (Vasco Da Gama Express: connecting Goa & Vijayawada).

Other than trains, buses are available from every popular city till Hospet.

Closest Railway station is Hospet which is 12.7km from Hampi. There are buses, boats, auto rickshaws available at regular frequency and can be reached without much effort.

Though the Best Time to visit Hampi is winter, you can visit anytime since it has dry weather throughout the year. Just avoid peak summer period. Otherwise, you won’t be exploring all of it.

 

Things to remember;

 

  • Keep enough cash. Since there are no ATMs in Hampi, make sure you withdraw cash in Hospet.
  • Carry toiletries. Don’t expect the guest houses and hotels to serve you these things. There also general stores available around Hampi who sells these on reasonable price.
  • There are cloakrooms at Hospet where you can store your luggage for a nominal charge. One is at the Railway station & another is at KSRTC bus stand. For the railway station cloakroom, you need to produce onward journey tickets and luggage lock.
  • There is NO entry fee for any of the temple or attraction.
  • Most of the temple locations allow photography but do respect the boards “Photography is not allowed”.
  • You can get travel guide services by visiting the tourist info office located near Virupaksha temple.
  • Be prepared to walk and carry a water bottle.

 

Few words before I wind up…

 

Many such forgotten and neglected places exist in India. We don’t realize it until they list in Newyork Times or recognized by some foreign sources. They truly are a great blend of History and architecture which should be preserved and cherished forever.

Sadly we are not doing our best. Recently some goons have vandalized Hampi and it is disheartening to see how much we are valuing our own country and historic places.

Let’s respect what we have and carry them as it is to the next generation.

Wherever you go, do remember that it is your place. Follow rules, say yes to cleanliness, respect the history, maintain dignity and make India a great tourist place.

Hope you guys had fun exploring Hampi. I’m thankful to my Twitter family who helped me with all the pictures used in this post. Today there is one more post coming up, Pragun will be taking all of us to Maheshwar, a place in MP state.

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54 thoughts on “Hampi: A must visit historical place in 2019 | #Xplorebharat

  1. Vijayalakshmi Harish says:

    Excellent post! Beautiful photos and detailed information about the places. I did see that video about Hampi being vandalized and it was heartbreaking! ?

    1. Hackytips says:

      I know 🙁 Good thing is they got arrested. A great lesson to every coward who thinks of such disgusting acts.

  2. aditi says:

    There’s so much beauty in Hampi that one cannot ignore. Ranked at no. 2, I’m definitely visiting the site in 2019!

  3. aditi says:

    There’s so much beauty in Hampi that one cannot ignore. I’m definitely visiting the site in 2019!:)

    https://aditikapur.com

    1. Hackytips says:

      Agree totally!

  4. I liked the way you put the whole history of this place along with describing so much about it. I’m Definitely going to visit it someday

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you 🙂 Gals you liked it.

  5. Pr@Gun says:

    Lovely post sanjota, loved all the pics specially the one with cycle. Hampi is on my list since i visited tirupati but couldn’t make it to the UNESCO heritage site. The forgotten vijaynagara empire is my kids fascination to see. This post surely motivates me to drive down soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Pragun. Even after single visit it won’t be sufficient. People will come back with a thought that they should visit one more time. Such a great place is Hampi.

      1. Pr@Gun says:

        Can surely guess it

  6. Maya Bhat says:

    This is the best post I have read in #Xplorebharat train till now. Beautiful description of the Hampi. You even gave tips on ‘to do’ things while in Hampi. Loved that. It was a detailed travel travel guide. Photos contributed by different people were also awesome. Hampi is a sure place in my bucket list ☺️

    1. Hackytips says:

      My friends helped with the pictures since I didn’t have good ones. I’m glad to them! & thanks to you 🙂

  7. Wow, what a post! Not just Hampi, your post also is very rich.
    Sadly, I need to agree with you here when you say we need a Newyork Times or other western media to say how rich in culture are we!
    And it’s even sad that people vandalize such monuments.
    Thanks for such a detailed post.

    1. Hackytips says:

      That Vandalisation was really disgusting and and painful to see. Glad police have arrested them. If we don’t value our history and culture who else will! Thanks Mahesh for reading 🙂

  8. eshachaks says:

    What a detailed post… I love how you have shared the history behind each of thr places and the things to remember section ia a great addition

    1. Hackytips says:

      Just want to pass few things to tourists to avoid later struggle. Thank you Esha fo the compliment.

  9. Hampi is such an amazing home to a glorious past. Great post with nice pics. It pains to see how it is getting converted to ruins.
    #ContemplationOfaJoker #Jokerophilia

    1. Hackytips says:

      It hurts 🙁 As I said we are forgetting our responsibility. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

  10. Bexa says:

    Fantastic post and beautiful photos! I would love to visit India someday, it sounds like an amazing and interesting country. I’d love to visit a Bazaar too, I imagine that would be such a fabulous experience. Thanks so much for sharing your tips too! ❤ xx

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    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Bexa ? I would like to be your guide if you plan to visit India ?

  11. jayanthi6 says:

    I relived my Hampi post through your writing, Sanjota..loved it! ?

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you ?

  12. jaya1966 says:

    That is really a fantastic post. I loved the way you have told us about the history associated with each place you have described in the article. Reading about the various temples and the rich culture and the historical and mythological details associated with the deities worshiped in them held me spell-bound. I would really like to visit the Yoga Narasimha statue carved out of a single stone. Another place that really caught my fancy was the Hemakunta hills. Simply a brilliant post. And towards the end you have left us a note on how we are destroying our own ancestors legacy which is something really thought provoking. Kudos!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Jai.. Your words are really inspiring and boosting me to write more in next #Xplorebharat post. Yes you should visit Hampi. It is really a wonderful place.

  13. Varun says:

    One change:They do charge entry fee in Vijaya Vittala Temple as prescribed by Archeological Survey of India

  14. Prerna Wahi says:

    Informative and well written piece. I will surely refer to it when I plan to visit hampi.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yes plan your trip and witness the stunning beauty ?

  15. mylittleduniya says:

    Many aspects covered by you about this beautiful heritage place Hampi. One cannot ignore this place for sure

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yeah! Most of the Indians are not very much aware about this place apart from travel enthusiasts and historians. But now after listing in NewYork times Hampi is well known.

  16. My God! What details packed about a place in one single post. Kudos to you. And thanks for bringing this beautiful place in the limelight through this blog train. Lovely pictures and apt descriptions! Beautiful.

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m happy that I could reach my post to enthusiastic bloggers like you. Hope I did the justice. Thank you ?

  17. I did not know about Hampi at all and your detailed post helped me to know about the place. From your post, I feel that it is a religious place to visit. I liked the way you have covered all the points about the place from places to visit, to reaching there and even a message at the end. Lovely!

    1. Hackytips says:

      I’m glad my post helped to know about Hampi. I’m sure you will be more impressed when you visit the place. Thanks for reading Rrohan 🙂

  18. I realized reading about Hampi in textbooks did no justice after taking a guided virtual tour with you. The place is so beautiful, rich and yet forgotten. Sadly, our ancient heritage is not much preserved by all, vandalizing activities are attempts to erase their history. Love this tour and your personal touch.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you ? Yeah it is disheartening to see negligence towards such historical places.

  19. You have showcased Hampi so beautifully! Your stunning pics add that personal touch to the travelogue.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thank you! I’m thankful to my friends who helped with beautiful pictures.

  20. Seema Taneja says:

    A vivid narration with detailed notes about each monument with beautiful pictures is what makes this a fabulous post. The helpful tips you have so thoughtfully given are quite valuable for any traveller. I have been to Hyderabad a few times but shortage of time didn’t allow me to visit Hampi I so wanted to visit. Now I am certainly going to visit. Thank you.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Seema. Hampi is in Karanataka but on a Andhra border. If you visit any state you can plan for Hampi 🙂

  21. Just one week into this blog train and I have realised there are so many places I have not yet visited, and we still have 60 odd days to go. Oh my, I really need to buckle up, rouse up my husband and need to do some serious travel planning. I have not visited Hampi, but it’s long on my list, hope to combine it with some more sights in and around Bengaluru. Loved your images!

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Anshu.. You can plan for a Karnataka trip including Badami, Aihole, Pattadakallu etc. They are really a architectural beauties.

  22. Again a wonderful post in the series. Been to this amazing place and loved every bit of it. The magnificent architecture, the statues, the water pond, the temples and the history everything is so interesting that I wish to go again with my family this time. Your post reminded me of so many memories 🙂

    1. Hackytips says:

      I can relate.. Everytime Hampi looks new and different in everybody’s stories. People who have already visited want to visit it again 😀 Thanks for reading.

  23. Nice and in depth article lived the pics

  24. Excellent post. Such an exhaustive list of things to do and places to visit. I have been to Hampi while I stayed in Mysore for 5 yrs. North Karnataka has a flavor completely different from South Karnataka and I could feel that in the weather and food here.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Being from North Karnataka I will agree with you totally. Food style, language, some traditions etc make us different. Thank you for the lovely comment ❤️

  25. Sudip Saha says:

    A detailed guide about Hampi. Learnt many new things about this place. Wish to visit soon.

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Sudip.

  26. The memories came flooding back to me as I read your post. I had visited Hampi in 2014 as I was returning from Goa. The place indeed requires a day for sure. The temples, the Idols, the architecture is simply unique. I was so impressed by the architecture and the way the whole place was planned. Not only this, it has connection with mythology. They say that in one of the nearby hills called Anjanya, Lord Hanuman was born.
    Loved your article.
    #readbypreetispanorama

    1. Hackytips says:

      Yes yes! I can feel.. Hampi is love ?

  27. vidhya29 says:

    OMGGGG it’s a breathtaking place! loved it!!

    1. Hackytips says:

      You should visit it once 🙂

  28. Excellent post as usual Sanjota. Liked your write up

    1. Hackytips says:

      Thanks Suhasini 🙂

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