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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Hampi used to be a street bazaar in ancient times when merchants and travelers from around the world stopped by to pick exclusive products.
- 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.