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Hampi, Karnataka, India

Hampi is a northern Karnataka village in India which is world famous as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Hampi was one of the largest and richest city in the world during its prime time and was the imperial capital of the Vijayanagara Empire in the 14th century. Predating the city of Vijayanagara, Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple and several other monuments belonging to the old city. The empire boasted a massive army comprising close to a million men. In around 1500 AD Vijaynagar had about 500,000 inhabitants making it the second largest city in the world after Peking-Beijing and almost thrice the size of Paris. Hampi ruins are spread out over an area of 26km. Hampi hosts the Hampi Utsav every year around first week of November. It is a visual delight as all the monuments/ruins are lit at night and it is a cultural extravaganza of dance and music. There are many sites of interest in and around Hampi. The must-visits are Virupaksha Temple, Hampi Bazaar, Monolith Bull, Lakshmi Narasimha temple, Hemakuta Hill temples, Big Shivlinga, Vithala Temple (the famous Stone Chariot is located here), Hazara Rama Temple, Royal Enclosures, Queen’s Bath, Zanana Enclosure, Elephant Stables, Achyut Raya temple, Statue of Lakshmi Narasimha, etc.


Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

You can see the pictures from Hampi here:
Hampi Gallery or as a slide-show.

Hampi, Karnataka

Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hampi, Karnataka This is the largest Linga in Hampi. Located next to the Lakshmi Narasimha statue the Linga is housed inside a chamber with an opening in the front. A close look on this icon can reveal three eyes (depicting the three eyes of Shiva) carved on it. Legend has it that this was commissioned by a peasant woman and hence the name (Badva means poor in local tongue).

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Lakshmi Narasimha statue is the largest statue in Hampi. Narasimha is sitting on the coil of a giant seven-headed snake called Sesha. The heads of the snake acts as the hood above his headwhile he sits in a cross-legged Yoga position with a belt supporting the knees.

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Kadalekalu Ganesha – giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. A sanctum is built around the statue. The pillared hall in front of this sanctum is as charming as this giant statue itself. The open hall constructed by unusually slender and tall pillars. Each of them is highly ornate with mythical themes.

Hampi Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This Lord Shiva temple is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India and is located on the south bank of the river Tungabadra. You access the temples main entrance tower through the chariot street. This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard of the temple complex.

Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This Lord Shiva temple is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India. This east facing giant tower (Gopura) leads you the first courtyard.

Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Zenana enclosure was a secluded area reserved for the royal women. This walled harem houses many interesting highlights. The major attraction is the Lotus Mahal located at the southeast corner. Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus.

Vittala Temple, Hampi

Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi with delicate carvings and columns.

Hampi

Vittala Temple is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus.

Vittala Temple complex is the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi.

 

Hampi. Hampi, Karnataka, UNESCO World Heritage Site

Panoramic view of Hampi. Hampi, Karnataka is a world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

Hampi which is located near Hospet town in the Karnataka state is charismatic even in its current ruined state. Hampi attracts thousands of visitors every year to its vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills dotted with 500 plus monuments. Among the ruins are beautiful temples, palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, and treasury buildings.

Hampi traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkindha-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra is derived from the name, Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose southern banks of the city is built. Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers). The city of Vijayanagara was originally encompassed by seven lines of fortifications. These fortifications had a large number of bastions and gateways. The seventh & the innermost fortification enclosed the main city and is the best preserved. The extant monuments of Vijayanagara or Hampi can be divided into Religious, Civil & Military buildings The Jain temples on Hemakuta hill, the two Devi shrines & some other structures in the Virupaksha temple complex predate the Vijayanagara Empire. The earliest amongst them, the Shiva shrines with their stepped pyramidalvimanas or superstructures, date to the early Chalukyan period around ninth-tenth century AD.

To visit Hampi, we drove from Mumbai and went onwards to Virajpet, and back:
Google Maps Mumbai to Hampi to Virajpet & back

You can see the rest of the pictures from Hampi at the Hampi Gallery or as a slide-show.

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Belur, Karnataka, India

Belur, Karnataka, India

The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana. Channakesava is a form of the Hindu god Vishnu. Belur is famous for its marvelous temples and have been proposed to be listed under UNESCO World Heritage Sites. You can see the rest of the pictures here: Belur Gallery or as a slide-show

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka. Originally called Vijayanarayana Temple, it was built on the banks of the Yagachi River in Belur, Hassan district by the Hoysala Empire King Vishnuvardhana.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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The Channakesava Temple, Belur, Karnataka.

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Prayers being offered to Lord Vishnu at the Channakesava Temple.

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With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

Channakesava Temple

With lights projected onto the ceiling the beautiful ceiling gets visible at the Channakesava Temple.

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Posted by on December 15, 2015 in Destination, Uncategorized

 

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Asian Photography Magazine October 2015 Issue

Asian Photography http://www.asianphotographyindia.com/ October 2015 Issue – Travel Feature Article – Shoot My City – “Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia” article with pictures by Suchit Nanda.

Asian Photography is India’s premier and oldest photography magazine.

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Asian Photography Magazine June 2015 Issue

Asian Photography http://www.asianphotographyindia.com/ June 2015 Issue – Shoot My City Feature Article – “Bhutan” “Heaven in the Himalayas” pictures by Suchit Nanda.

Asian Photography is India’s premier and oldest photography magazine.

 

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Asian Photography, April 2014

Asian Photography Magazine, April 2014 Issue – Shoot My City Feature Article – “Shimla” pictures by Suchit Nanda. See: http://www.asianphotographyindia.com/

Asian Photography is India’s premier and oldest photography magazine.

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BTW Mag’s January 2011 Issue on Bali

BTW Mag’s January 2011 Issue on Bali

Article in BTW Mag‘s January 2011 Issue on Bali. Text by Arundhathi and images by Suchit Nanda.

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NOW Travel Asia Magazine. Jan-Feb 2011

Photos shot by Suchit Nanda of the Konark Festival in print in NOW Travel Asia Magazine. Jan-Feb 2011 issue. http://www.nowtravelasia.com/
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