Hampi- The Story Through Pictures- Part 1

Hampi is temple town recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi in northern Karnataka, India. It is located within the ruins of the city of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.Posting a few pictures as part 1 of the photo blog.

Krishna Temple

This temple was built by King Krishnadevaraya.You can see the carvings of the 10 incarnations of Lord Vishnu in this temple as well as lots of stories of that time carved on the walls.

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Kadalekalu Ganesha

This is one of the largest statues of Lord Ganesha that exists in the southern part of India. and is situated on the slope of the Hemakuta Hill. This giant statue was carved out of a single huge boulder.

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The name is derived from the belly of Lord Ganesh which has been chiselled to resemble a Bengal Gram (known as Kadalekalu in local language)

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You can enjoy picturesque views of the Hampi Bazaar and the Matanga Hill from this temple.

 

Tungabhadra River & Coracle Rides

The Tungabhadra river falls right next to the Virupaksha temple.You can cross over to the other side popularly known as the “hippie side” via a motor boat for Rs 10.

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Steps leading down to the river.Instead of taking a boat, we crossed the river on foot like the people in the picture.The water was a little below the knee and the currents were not strong.

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On the way from Virupaksha temple to Vittala temple, you can take a coracle boat ride.

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A lot more lovely pictures coming up in the next post!Stay tuned!

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