Hampi

HAMPI

The last capital of the great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar – Hampi, displays rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travelers between 14th -16th century. Located in the Bellary district of Karnataka state on western coast of India, Hampi is scattered with ruins of giant monuments of Vijayanagar Empire. There are evidences that show the district of Hampi under the governor of Ashokan Kingdom. Part of UNESCO World Heritage list since 1986, it is home to varied urban, royal and sacred systems seen through its more than 1600 surviving remains of forts, temples, shrines, pillared halls, defense check-points, water structures among others. A place of Dravidian styled architecture, characterized by massive dimensions, cloistered enclosures, and lofty towers which flourished under Vijayanagar Empire. A unique feature of temples in Hampi is the wide chariot street flanked by the rows of ‘Pillared Mandapas’. A stand out amongst the most appealing structures is the Vittala Temple. It is known for its architectural marvel of 56 melodic columns/musical pillars. These pillars create melodic sounds when tapped delicately. These melodic mainstay at the temple are called ‘SAREGAMA’ pillars.