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A look at Hampi’s six wonders – Chasing history

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Hampi’s six wonders: Owing to this rich history that the region encloses, the Archaeological Survey of India keeps conducting excavations in Hampi to discover something new every now and then.

Touted as the largest open monument, Hampi forms an integral part of the ruins of Vijayanagara (the once capital of the Vijayanagara Empire). Apart from the historical significance, the place shares a strong connection to the epic Ramayana. According to the mythological epic, the region is believed to be the site of Kishkindha. Owing to this rich history that the region encloses, the Archaeological Survey of India keeps conducting excavations in Hampi to discover something new every now and then.

Here are some of Hampi’s wonders.

ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM: The Archaeological Museum of Hampi is the centre attraction that brings together collections of sculptures and assorted antiques under one roof. To ease the exploration of these antiques, the museum has been divided into four galleries. But the star attraction of this place is the Central Hall which is a look alike of Hampi temple.

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ANEGUNDI: The supposed site of Kishkindha from the Ramayana, Anegundi is dotted with shrines small and big, dedicated to the legendary vanars Bali, Sugriva, and Hanuman. Moving from mythology to a time far before, Anegundi was home to Neolithic men from the Stone Age, whose cave paintings have survived the test of time!

MONKEY TEMPLE: Another place in the region closely linked to the Ramayana is the Monkey Temple, which is located on Anjanadri Hill in Anegundi. Located about 4 km from Hampi, it is believed to be the birth place of Lord Hanuman. The spot offers breathtaking views of Hampi and many of the heritage sites of the region.

VITTALA TEMPLE: Vittala Temple is an ancient monument located on the southern bank of the Tungabhadra River and one of the most famous structures in Hampi. The main mandapa contains 56 musical pillars, also known as SAREGAMA pillars, which emanate musical notes when the pillars are tapped.

VIRUPAKSHA TEMPLE: Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the temple has been functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD and is one of India’s oldest functioning temples. It saw its origins as a small humble shrine which was expanded to its present magnificence during the reign of the Vijayanagara kings.

HAMPI BAZAAR: Located in front of the Virupaksha temple, The Hampi Bazaar is a kilometer long street featuring an array of old pavilions, which were once the part of the thriving market. Look towards the eastern end of the street and one can spot a huge Nandi statue, known as Yeduru Basavanna. During the annual Hampi festival, the bazaar becomes the centre of vibrant festivities.

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