Hampi is the place to visit this year in India!! With the New York Times putting it second on the list of 52 must-see global destinations for 2019, visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage Site is definitely going to increase. The ancient Hindu temple and a cultural site in the south Indian state of Karnataka is known for its exquisite temples and ruins. A legacy of the 16th century Vijayanagara Empire, its well-preserved monoliths and stone temples are a real fascination to the world.
A surreal boulder-strewn landscape defines Hampi with the ancient palace and temple ruins, a cultural hotspot in the south Indian state of Karnataka, interspersed by bright emerald paddy fields and the surrounding countryside that is almost frozen in time.
Under the capital of Vijayanagar Empire, Hampi was buzzing in the 16th century with bazaars in the trade of precious stones and other riches that attracted merchants from around the world. Dedicated to Lord Shiva,
Here are some beguiling facts about Hampi that are all set to leave an everlasting impression and compel you to visit its beautiful expanse and explore its glorious history.
1. Hampi is believed to have been established during the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century, yet it’s said to be found in the Vedic period.
2. The Musical Pillars that create a melody. You will be surprised to know about the musical pillars of Hampi. Located in the Vittala Temple complex, these stone pillars produce musical sounds when tapped gently. These pillars are considered as some of the magnificent architectural wonders of the world.
3. Hampi used to be a street bazaar in ancient times when merchants and travelers from around the world stopped by to pick exclusive products.
4. The legendary Lord Ram of Hindu epic Ramayana once frequented Hampi, in search of his wife Sita, who was abducted by the demon king Ravana.
5. The legends of Hemakuta hills tells that Lord Shiva did penance thousands of years ago, and it is also the place where he destroyed the god of lust by the fire of his third eye. The temples on the Hemakuta hills are among the oldest cluster of shrines in Hampi.
6. It is the most popular historical site in South India. It has gained popularity all over the world and with time it has become a hub for historians and history lovers.
7. Hampi was the second largest city during the ancient Medieval Period of India. It was spread over an area of more than 4000 hectares. Even though the city is in ruins today, but one can figure out its vastness by visiting each and every corner of the site.
An amazing ruin of temples with magical stories of myths and legends, and gods & goddesses. Fall in love with the magical and mystical Hampi that bewitches every visitor casting a spell that makes people linger longer. Hampi exudes spirituality and is integral to so many myths and legends. The magical Hampi is still untouched by modernity, allowing your imagination to run wild.