Believed to functioning uninterruptedly ever since its inception in the 7th century AD, Virupaksha temple is the oldest and the principal temple in Hampi. This is easily one of the oldest functioning temple in India as well.. Know More
Fortunately the home stay I selected ( Sudha Home Stay) was just400 mtrs away from Virupaksha temple and the view from the rooftop of my stay was so beautiful, one side you can see Tungabhadra river on other side all boulders and temples. You can find many small stores for cloths, antiques, food stalls, bike and cycles on rentals and restaurants.
I started my Hampi tour at 8 in the morning by taking a bicycle on rent. I got a local map with all popular places to see in Hampi. My first point was Virupaksha Temple and then I moved to Kadalekalu Ganesha at walkable distance. Many points are closely located in Hampi village for this you don't need any commutation but autowala's will not tell you all this.
This giant statue of Ganesha was carved out of a huge boulder at the northeastern slope of the Hemakuta hill. The belly of this statue resembles a Bengal gram (Kadalekalu, in local language) and hence the name.
My next points were Krishna Temple, Badavi Lingam and Ugra narasimha.
This temple was built by the king (Krishnadevaraya) in 1513 AD to celebrate the conquest of the eastern kingdom of Udayagiri or Utkala (in the present day Orissa state).The main idol installed in the temple was the figure of Balakrishna (Lord Krishna as infant). This idol is now displayed in the state museum at Chennai. A huge slab installed inside the courtyard of the temple states the story of this temple and the conquest of Ulkala.This is one of the must see sites in Hampi. The carvings are especially spectacular with the Yalis (the mythical lion) on the pillars and the entrances to the temple hall flanged with impressive carvings of elephant balustrades.
Ugra Narasimha Statue in Hampi is a statue of Laxmi Narasimha. The statue is carved out of a single block of stone. This single stone structure of Lord Narasimha is a major tourist attraction in Hampi, a UNESCO inscribed World Heritage Site and is considered to be an important monumentamong the entire group of monuments and relics at the site. The Ugra Narasimha Statue is located to the south of Hampi. The statue of Ugra Narasimha, Hampi is 6.7 meters in height. The Ugra Narasimha at Hampi is placed on the top of the Hemkunta Hills.
This is the largest Linga image 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).
If you are traveling solo or if you spend some time quietly with these temples and pillars you will hear the story they speak, you can relate that with the time when people must have carved them.
Indeed this place is very beautiful and very clean and maintained by government. You will find guards in every ruins and no garbage in Hampi.
Since I was on bicycle I had additional to enjoy the nature and scenic beauty. I was alone so I took many photo breaks and explored every inch of my journey. Weather was pleasant and breeze was awesome.
Thereafter i moved to see some royal and maintained monuments. It's peculiar to note that this is one of the beautiful structures that were left undamaged during the siege of the city.
Lotus Mahal & Elephant Stables
Also known as Chitrangani Mahal and Kamal Mahal, this falls under the secular or nonreligious categories of structures in Hampi. It's peculiar to note that this is one of the beautiful structures that were left undamaged during the siege of the city.This long building with a row of domed chambers was used to 'park' the royal elephants. There are 11 domed tall chambers; some of them are inter- connected. The center one is specially decorated and big. Probably the musicians and the associated band troupes had been using this during ceremonies involving elephant processions.
Still I was excited to see the most awaited monuments and was imagining the beauty and architecture of it. If you see by names or according to Hampi.in you have 85 places to see. This big list can't be covered in 2 days and most of them are so small and close to each other that you don't even know that you have seen so many place in small time.
Last year when I booked my stay for 3 days which unfortunately got cancelled hence it was in my pending list. So this time I made this plan for 2 days trip and I managed to cover all the places.
My next destination was Stone Chariot and you can see the beautiful monument and its surrounding are also that beautiful.