Exploring Hampi: The Mythological City
Karnataka is home to Hampi, a historical and mythological city. Hampi is about 365 kilometers from Bengaluru and 380 kilometers from Hyderabad. As a result, the location is conveniently accessible from both Bengaluru and Hyderabad. The closest town is Hospet. As a result, this city can be a perfect weekend getaway from Bangalore and Hyderabad. Hampi is full of tales, both historical and mythological anecdotes. In reality, the place’s history gradually mingles with folklore before blending with mythology.
Pampa Kshetra and Kiskinda Kshetra are other names for the city. Hampi’s mystical tales are inextricably related to Hindu mythology. Pampa was Lord Brahma’s daughter. The Lord, moved by her devotion, wished to bestow a blessing on her. Lord Shiva had no choice but to give in to Pampa’s demands, but not before performing penance at the Hemakuta Hills. Then it started pouring gold on the hill. Hemakuta Hills got its name from the Sanskrit word “hema,” which means “gold.”
Kiskinda Kshetra is another name for Hampi. According to history, this is where the Vanara kingdom of Kiskinda from the Ramayana was located. Hampi was the setting for the Kiskinda episode of the Hindu epic Ramayana. Anjaneya Hills is thought to have been the birthplace of Hanuman, Lord Rama’s devoted worker.
Places to Visit in Hampi
Hampi is a magical place. The venue is close to an open museum; all you have to do is walk around at your leisure and explore its beauty. And be prepared to be shocked even in unremarkable areas, because the city is charismatic even in ruins. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of places to visit in Hampi shouldn’t miss when visiting Hampi:
Lotus Mahal, Hampi
The lotus mahal Hampi is a must-see on any trip to Hampi. It is one of the finest architecturally built lotus palace in the city, with a lotus-like arrangement that distinguishes it. The Zenana Enclosure, a separate area used by the royal women of the Vijayanagara Dynasty, houses this magnificent structure.
The Kamal mahal Hampi or Chitragani Mahal is another name for the lotus temple Hampi. The Kamal Mahal in Hampi’s key highlight is its remarkable and unmistakable architecture. It is one of only a few remarkable structures in Hampi that was not damaged or destroyed during the city’s assault.
The Virupaksha Temple
The Virupaksha Temple, situated on the southern banks of the Tungabhadra River is one of Hampi’s most prominent buildings. The temple, which stands tall near the marketplace, is difficult to miss. It is a major place of worship for all Shiva devotees. The temple is a massive structure with several smaller shrines, pillared halls, and gateways spread out over a large area. A fascinating engineering marvel can also be found at the temple: the workings of one of the first pinhole cameras can be seen here.
The Vijaya Vittala Temple
The Vijaya Vittala Temple is Hampi’s most lavish architectural marvel. The temple houses several halls, pavilions, and gateways. Other ruins are outside of the main temple complex. It is, in reality, the ruins of Vittalapura, an ancient city. People worship Vittala, another form of Lord Vishu, in the temple. The stone chariot is the temple’s most remarkable feature.
The old Hampi Bazar is located near the new Hampi market. The Virupaksha Bazar is right in front of the temple. The sides of the street are in line with old pavilions that once housed market stalls.
The Lakshmi Narasimha Temple
Narasimha a massive seven-headed serpent and is perched on Seshnag. Lord Vishnu in his Narasimha avatar appears intimidating in the statue (incarnation). Goddess Lakshmi sat on God’s lap in the original statue. However, during the collapse of the Vijaynagar empire, the statue was badly damaged.
How to Reach
Hospet is the closest rail station to the city. Buses and trains run frequently between Hospet and Bangalore. You can take an auto to Hampi from Hospet. From Bangalore to Hospet, you can take an overnight bus. You can even take an auto from Hospet to Hampi. Or you can take a local bus from Hospet to Hampi, which departs from the Hospet bus station. The Bengaluru airport is the closest to Hampi.
Places To Stay And Eat
Places to stay and eat: You can stay near the Virupaksha Temple’s marketplace, where you can find a variety of choices to suit your needs. Staying on the other side of the Tungabhadra River is also an option. In this town, there is a range of homestays. This place has a Goa vibe to it. This is where the bulk of the foreigners stay. There are many restaurants in the city where you can dine. On the top floor of most guest houses, there are restaurants where you can eat. The best places to eat for a lower price are the roadside stores. You can find excellent South Indian restaurants on the side of the road for a very low price.
Best Time to Visit
The city is open to visitors all year. However, since you will be roaming around the city a lot, the winter season is the best time to visit. Also, the Hampi Festival takes place in November.
Hampi is truly a gift to all the architecture and history lovers. And we are sure that you and your loved ones will have an amazing time exploring this city.