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Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Hazara Rama Temple Complex, Hampi Vitthala Temple Complex, Hampi

Introduction

In Northern Karnataka state, lies the beautiful region of Hampi. The region enjoys historic as well as religious significance. A large number of Hindu devotees visits the region to offer their prayers to the God and to take their blessings for a peaceful life. This former capital of Vijayanagara empire is loaded with monuments that dates back to 14th century AD. The ruins of Hampi are amazingly beautiful and deserve a visit. The ruins are awarded with a title 'UNESCO World Heritage Site' and are noted as the Group of Monuments at Hampi.


History

History of Hampi is unbelievably rich. First historical identification of the region dates back to 1 CE. Recognized as Kishkindha, the monkey kingdom(Vanara Rajya- mentioned in Hindu epic Ramayana), the region attracts devotees from all over the world. The site is historically and architecturally rich. Statues of Hindu deities carved out of large stones speak volume about the devotion and the artwork of the people of bygone era.


Attractions

Hampi has a range of Hindu temples that is actively used by locals for worshipping. Popular names of the temples in region are:


Virupaksha Temple

Also recognized as Pampapathi temple, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is noted for a 160 feet high tower located at the entrance of the temple. Apart from the presiding deity, the temple complex also has the shrines of goddesses Pampa and Bhuvaneshwari. The temple is counted amongst must visit places of the region.


Hazara Rama Temple Complex

This is one of the most beautiful temples of Hampi. The temple houses a large number of inscriptions and carvings that depict the story of Ramayana. Manicured gardens and elaborated frescoes are the highlights of this ruined temple complex.


Vitthala Temple Complex

The popularity and the significance of the temple can be judged by the fact that Karnataka Tourism has adopted the iconic stone chariot as a symbol of the state tourism. The chariot is standing gloriously in the temple complex. 56 musical pillars of the temple are undoubtedly beautiful.


Other Attractions

Krishna Temple Complex, House of Victory, King's Balance, Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Pushkarini Tank, Mahanavami Dibba, Mustard Ganesh and Noblemen Palace are some other attractions of Hampi.


Accommodation

Tourists can easily locate a guest house in Hampi as there are many. Accommodation options in Hampi are not a problem but expecting too much is a wish that cannot be fulfilled here as most of the guest houses withstand only the basic requirements of the tourists. For a better option, tourists can ensure their stay at Hospet.


How to Reach

By Air: 143 km away from Hampi, Hubli has the nearest airport. Tourists can take a flight from Mumbai or Bengaluru to reach Hampi.

By Rail: Hospet Junction is around 13 km away from the destination. From Bangalore, Hyderabad and Goa there are several trains. Tourists need to see their schedule and plan accordingly.

By Road: State Transport is easily available. From Bangalore, Mysore and Gokarna, tourists can reach Hospet and for further connectivity, they can board on other buses that connect Hospet and Hampi.



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