Hampi, the Land of Temples

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Hampi (Kannada: ಹಂಪೆ Hampe) 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. As the village is at the original centre of Vijayanagara, it is sometimes confused with the ruined city itself. The ruins are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.[1] In July 2011 great parts of the village including the main street were destroyed by the district administration.[2] | Etymology The name is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the…show more content…
It is well known for more than many thousand carvings & inscriptions on & in the temple depicting the mighty story of Ramayana. * Krishna Temple Complex : This temple complex has been recently excavated through the last decade, and restoration work is still in progress. * Vittala Temple Complex : This is perhaps the most famous and well-known among the ruins of Hampi. The iconic stone chariot in the vicinity of this temple complex is a symbol of Karnataka Tourism. Off late, floodlights have been installed in the temple complex that provide illumination at dusk, thereby adding to the grandeur of the architecture. Global Heritage Fund efforts Non-profit organization Global Heritage Fund (GHF), in partnership with the Hampi Foundation, Cornell University, and the State of Karnataka, has been actively involved in the conservation of Hampi's unique cultural heritage. After producing a master conservation plan for the site of Chandramouleshwara Temple, GHF's efforts have moved to "stabilization of the temple and its associated structural features."[3] * Virupraksha Temple tower * Farms as seen from Anjeyanadri Hill * Hemakuta complex * Remains of Old City * Lotus Mahal at the Zenana Enclosure * Stepped Tank near the Underground Temple * Elephant stables * The stone chariot at Vittala complex * Stray Temples * The remains of a giant Bukka's Aqueduct located near Anegondi * Old man in front of Vittala

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