What is the History of Hampi?
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by Sugandh
Hampi a small village located in Northern Karnataka brings forth the vivid pictures of clusters of beautiful Historical Monuments. These beautiful ruins of Hampi have been deisgnated as UNESCO World Heritage Site, listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi
These remnants are a reflection of glorious past of this beautiful village once a part of great Vijaynagara Empire. The history of this village dates back to 1 CE. But the most prominent part of Hampi’s History is when it formed the core area of capital of the great Vijaynagara Empire. This period started from 1336 and lasted till 1565 when this city came under the siege of Deccan Muslim Confederacy.
This city is supported by great Tunghbadhra river and name Hampi itself is derived from the old name of this river, namely river “pampa”. This city is surrounded from Hills on all three sides and the great rock boulders available abundantly have been used to make beautiful statues of Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
The city reached its Zenith under the rule of Krishndeva Raya between1509 and 1529. Virupaksha Temple dedicated to the main deity of Vijaynagara Empire reflects the glory of this era. The various monuments of Hampi like Hemakunta Group of Temples, Achyutaraya Temple/Tiruvengalanatha Temple, Badava Linga, Chandramauleshvar Temple, The Kings Palace, The underground Shiva Temple and many more are a living example of the glorious History of Hampi.
So what are you waiting for, pack your bags and come to this place of magical ruins.