Hampi - Places To See

| January 29, 2013
Tags: Anegondi, Bellary, Hampi, Lotus Palace, Tungabhadra, vijayanagar, Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple: Located on the banks of Tungabhadra river, the temple is one of the oldest temples in India. It was built in the 7th century. The history of Hampi revolves around the Virupaksha temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Pampa. It is said that Lord Shiva and Pampa married in this temple.  Many Hindu Kings have made the temple complex larger. The 50 meter high, Gopuram is the other attraction of the temple.

Lotus Palace: Built in Indo-Islamic architecture style, the palace is a two-storey structure and has archways set in geometric regularity. It was used by the royal ladies. The structure gets its name from the lotus bud curved on its dome. The palace is also called as Chitragani Mahal and Kamal Mahal. The palace is one of the structures, which remained undamaged when the city was looted.

Hazara Ram Temple:  Located in the centre of Hampi, the temple is one of the smallest temples. The walls of the temple have episodes from Ramayana.

Laxmi Narasimha Temple:  Located on the Gandhamadana hill, the temple has no idol. Although on the walls of the temple, one can see carvings of Lord Vishnu, Hanuman and Goddess Lakshmi. The temple is considered to be Jain temple due to its architectural style.

Elephant Stables: The stable was meant for the royal elephants. There are eleven domed tall chambers, out of which, the centre chamber is big and decorated.

Zenana Enclosure:  The enclosure was meant for royal women. There are four structures inside the enclosure, of which the Queen’s palace is the largest one but now it’s in ruins. There are two towers on the north and south-east of the enclosure.