Hampi is a glorious and architecturally rich temple town in northern part of Karnataka state. The former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during it's prime! The place has strong mythological association with the great Indian epic Ramayana. The fourth chapter (Kanda) of Ramayana mentions Kishkinda as the citadel of a king named Bali.
The Virupaksha temple at Hampi - PC :Apadegal
Hampi is the zenith of architectural brilliance and is well known for the temples and monuments here. The architectural ruins of Hampi are recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ruins of the palaces in Hampi , the temples and the royal buildings stand testimony to the wealth and grandeur once Hampi boasted of! The place is treated sacred since it is one of the important Places connected to Ramayana. Let's see what makes Hampi one of the Major tourist destinations in Karnataka.
The architecturally affluent Temple town of Hampi !
Hampi is one of the major religious destinations in India, thanks to it's strong mythological connection to the epic Ramayana! This is where Lord Rama and Lakshmana met Lord Hanuman while in search of abducted Sita. Many of the places mentioned in the Kishkinda Kanda are found here in Hampi. Hampi is also world famous for it's exceptional and stunning style of architecture found in the temples and monuments which dates back to the Vijayanagara reign. It is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka which attracts travellers from world wide.
Staired stepwell of Hampi - PC : Dharani.prakash
Places connected to Ramayana in Hampi
Anjanadri hills : Anjanadri hills in Hampi is believed to be the birthplace of Hanuman. At the top of the hill is a temple dedicated to Hanuman.
Rishimukh island : Rishimukh island is the place where Hanuman first met Lord Rama and Lakshmana who were in search of Sita abducted by Ravana. The hills and environs fall in the habitual laid back character of Hampi.
Sugreeva's cave : Sugreeva's cave can be spotted on the way to the King's balance from the Kodandarama Temple. The marks on the rock surface here are equated with the motifs on Sita's sari (costume). Next to it is a pond known after Sita's name.
A View from Anjanadri Hills - PC : Dharani.prakash
Chintamani temple : Chintamani Temple in Hampi is a rich repository of legends. It is home to the cave in which Rama met Sugreeva along with Lord Hanuman for the first time to seek assistance in finding Sita. The Chintamani Temple was consequently developed by a saint who created a Sivalingam and Annapurani below a marvellous Rudraksha Mandapam. Sree Chakram or the Disc of God is also installed here.
Malyavanta Raghunatha Temple : From a religious and mythological point, the Malyavanta Raghunatha temple dedicated to Lord Rama is very significant. It is one of the important places visited by Lord Rama where Lord Rama and Lakshmana took shelter to see off monsoons before proceeding to Lanka.
The sacred pushkarani - PC : Dey.sandip
Apart from these places connected to Ramayana, Hampi also has many monuments and temples which are well famed. Vijaya Vittala Temple, Virupaksha Temple , The Royal Enclosure , The Riverside ruins , Hampi Bazaar, The underground temple , Old palace, Hemakuta Hill temples and Sasivekalu Ganesha are some among them which makes Hampi one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka. A visit to this architecturally rich temple town is sure to soothe your soul! Visit Hampi and get lost in the luxuriance and grandeur of the place.
How to reach : The domestic airport nearby Hampi is Bellary and the nearest railhead from Hampi is Hospet. Hampi is well connected by roads as well.
Accomodation : Click here to find the hotels in Hampi. Various home-stays and guest-houses are also available for staying in Hampi.
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