Ruins of Karnataka – Hampi – Part I

As I sat gazing at the humongous, vermilion  globe of sun dip slowly westwards, events of the day rushed over me with its leftover in the name of a headache. I need a coffee, a strong one. It’s seven in the evening and the sun has completely set but the daylight hasn’t faded away in total. I stared aimlessly at the ruins of Hemakuta Hill. I had earlier visited them during the day. A smattering of mandaps and stupas strewn across uneven, unsorted and unfinished in the midst of rock boulders precariously placed by nature. They sit there for thousands of years, perhaps waiting to be brought to life. But they look sad, as symbols of ‘unaccomplished craftsmanship.’ They are in ruins, and will be for probably another millennium, providing a sort of enchantment for tourists.

Dated way back to 3rd century BC, Hampi continues to excite archaeologists as its ruins are still being excavated by the ASI. Sitting by the banks of the Tungabhadra river, Hampi continues to allure tourists throughout the year despite the terrible heat. Some pictures. Another instalment of pictures of ruins from Aihole – Pattadakal – Badami is coming soon as Part II.

Virupaksha Temple – the only living temple among the lot

Virupaksha Temple
Virupaksha Temple

Hemakuta Hill – The hill besides Virupaksha has a group of unfinished temples and is also a sunset point

A Carved Pillar
A Carved Pillar
Sunset at Hemakuta Hill
Sunset at Hemakuta Hill

View from the Matanga Hill

Tungabhadra - ariel view from Matanga Hill
Tungabhadra – ariel view from Matanga Hill
Carved Pillars
Carved Pillars
View from Matanga Hill
View from Matanga Hill

Tungabhadra – the river that flows through Hampi

Tungabhadra - ariel view
Tungabhadra – ariel view
Coracles in the banks of Tungabhadra
Coracles on the banks of Tungabhadra
Tungabhadra and ruins
Tungabhadra and ruins

Vitthala Temple – the crumbling structure that is being preserved by ASI

The Vitthala Temple Complex
The Vitthala Temple Complex
An intricate structure through moonroof
An intricate structure through moonroof
Vitthala Temple Complex
Vitthala Temple Complex

The Elephant Stable

The Elephant Stable
The Elephant Stable

Have you been to Hampi? Of course, you have. What has been your experience? Leave a comment.

 

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8 thoughts on “Ruins of Karnataka – Hampi – Part I

  1. I haven’t been to Hampi. ANd your post makes me want to go there like never before. What I liked about the pictures were that along with the mood it gave me such a comprehensive peek into what Hampi is like – and as a person who has never been there – this is invaluable for me.
    Loved your post!

  2. Hi Prashanth:

    Enjoyed your blog on Hampi – Part I in The Sunlit Window. The pics and write up took me down memory lane. Have visited Hampi twice – loved both visits.

    Cheers!

    Sheila Castelino

  3. This article gives new insight to Hampi though I have visited Hampi about two times before. Thanks to Prathap. I plan to visit Hampi once again with a new look in my next vacation. Prathap, keep writing…

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