56 musical pillars Rangamantapam in Hampi produce musical ragas SaReGaMas | Road map to Hampi from Hospet, Karnataka
Hampi is recognized as world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986. Hampi is the symbol of Vijayanagara Grandeur on the banks of River Tungabadra. Virupaksha temple is the main temple in which pujas are still performed. Pampadevi is the presiding deity of this temple. A part of this temple is more ancient than the Vijayanagara kingdom. They nine storey temple tower of this temple is the highest tower in Hampi. Large number of monkeys can be found here. According to mythology this place comes under Kishkinda kingdom.
Krishna Pattabhirama, Hazara Ramachandra, Chandrasekhara temples are also situated here. But most part of these temples are in ruins now. The most important temple in Hampi is the Vijaya Vitala Temple. The sculptures on this temple are beautiful. Rangamantapam with 56 pillars which produce the sounds of ‘Sarigama’ are the best architectural examples. Most famous rock chariot is in this temple surroundings. This rock chariot is the State symbol of Karnataka Government. Lotus Mahal, Ranga temple, Gajasala, Snanasala of queens, Tulabharam of King, Pushkarini etc can be visited. Tungabhadra dam can also be visited. Kingdoms which flourished on the banks of Mandavi, Malaprabha and Tungabhadra has vanished into the womb of time and only the ruins remain to remind us of their grandeur.
Road map and driving directions to Hampi from Hospet, Karnataka
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