TUNGABHADRA DAM

It is 3 miles away . from Hospet. This was built across the river 1$ Tungabhadra. It is about 2 miles long and 160 ft. || high. The two hillrocks flanking the Dam are called Kailasa and Vaikunta. Vaikunta it is 200 Ft. high. There is Anjaneya Temple just below…

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PUSHKARANI

Once Jambukeshwara of Anegundi fought Mohammad Bin Tughlak, the emperor of Delhi. This became the foundation of Vijayanagar. At a distance of one mile from Anegundi there are Ranganatha Temple, Anjaneya Hill, Pampa Sarovara and Herritage of Shabari. This village has a fort with a trench.  

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GANAGITTI MAHAL

It is situated on the road to Kampli from Kamalapur. It was built by Iraguppa the son of the commander-in-chief Baichappa. Bheema’s pictures have been carved here. Further ahead there is a fortgate, some dilapidated temples, and Muslim graves. It was set aside for Muslims during the period of Ramaraya.…

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QUEEN’S BATH

It is a beautiful building built of mortar. I lie architectural style is a mixture of Hindu and Muslim style, there is a pond in the middle for swimming. It is 8 Ft. deep. There is a canal for water to flow in from outside. There are four outlets at…

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ELEPHANT STABLE

It was meant for the royal elephants. There are eleven stables here. All these are neatly interconnected with small doors. This building with arches is built of stone and mortar. The ceiling is dome-shaped. The near by building is said to be quarters for guards. If we go out to…

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MAHANAVAMI DIBBA

11 is a platform 80 square feet in area and })\ i in height. It was built by Krishnadevaraya in memory of his conquest of Orissa. The carvings on  this  platform are just like those in the Hajara Kama Temple. They are also similarly tiered. I hose pictures are all embodiments.…

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HAJARA RAMA TEMPLE

This temple is adjacent to the palace. The reason for this name is not clear, it could be that it is located so close to the palace and the royal family offered worship here. Krishnadevaraya built it in 1513 in memory of his expedition. It is replete with engravings of…

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PATALESWARA TEMPLE

Since it is below the ground level it is known as Pataleshwara Temple (Patala means bottom). Its ceiling is at the ground level.There are steps at the eastern door to godown to the temple. On the basis of the architectural style it is judged to have been built during the…

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VEERABHADRA TEMPLE

This temple was built during the regin of Ramaraya of Araveedu Dynasty.  Formerly it v as called “Mudda Veeranna”. it got distroyed in the spoken language and came to be called “Uddana Veerabhadra”. It is 12 Ft. in height. There are weapons in its hands. By its side there is…

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UGRA NARASIMHA

It is very close to Bdavi linga . it is the biggest idol in Hampi . its height is 22Ft. This was carved by a brahmin during krishnadevaraya’s  regime. Invaders broke this idol. Behind the head there is a serpent with its hood open. Though the statue has no temple…

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BADAVILINGA

Moving towards kamalapur from krishna Temple, we see this Linga. This the biggest of all Lingas in Hampi . This gorgeous  linga is made of biack stone . it is nearly 12Ft. in  height . its inner sanctum has no ceiling . It is aiways in water since a  canal…

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KRISHNA TEMPLE

This temple is on the road to Kamalapur. It is 320 ft. long and 200 ft. broad. It is a formidable temple protected by a fort. It was built by Krishnadevraya in 1523 in memory of his Triumph in the war against Gajapatiraya. This idol of Balakrishna was brought from…

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KADALEKALU GANAPATHI

It is a monolithic sculpture. It is 18ft tall and has a big inner sanctum. In the front there is a rangamantapa. On the right side we find Sasivekalu Ganapati. It has been installed in an open mantapa without an inner sanctum. This 12ft high statue is monolithic.

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HEMAKOOTA

If we go back to Virupaxa temple and walk to the south we reach Hemakunta. There are many temples here. On the eastern side of hemakuta there is Ratnagiri which also has many temples. If we proceed to the east and turn south we reach “Kadalekalu Ganapathi”.  

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STONE CHARIAT

In front of this temple is the world famous Stone Chariat. The sun temple of Konark could have inspired this creation, it is made of rough quartz. Generally, an idol of Garuda is found in front of the vishnu temple but here the stone chariot has been erected. In this…

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VIJAYA VITTALA TEMPLE

This is one of the best Sculptures of Hampi. The front portion of this temple, Phalapuja Mantap and the Kalyanmantap were built by Krishnadevaraya in 1513 after his expedition. this temple is constructed on a polyhedron foundation. the monolithic pillars have been subtly sculpted. there are figures of angels. swans.…

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KING’S BALANCE

Coming up from Purandara Mantapa if one goes east, one can see a huge stone frame which looks like a big gate. A stone beam is placed on two vertical and parallel pillars of stone. This is called King’s Balance. It is said that kings weighed themselves with Gems and…

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PURANDARA MANTAPA

Shri Purandra Dasa was in Vijayanagara by 1540. He propagated the path of devation through his evotional songs, in Kannada. I hereby he worked for the development of Kannada Literature too. The Purandara Mantapa named after him is on the bank of the I ungabhadra. There is a statue of…

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TEMPLE OF ACHYUTARAYA

Adjacent to the entrance there is a Kalyana Mantap. On crossing the second gate we can see Achyuta Temple. Achyutaraya, the younger brother of Krishnadevaraya, built this temple between 1513 and 1538. It is only an educated guess based on its similarity to Vittala Temple built by Krishnadevaraya. Here too…

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