There are very few places in the world that have a kind of mystery associated with them. Hampi is such a place, made out of legends and folklore. It has been created by myth and enriched by the tales of the people living there. Every corner of this beautiful ruined city feels like it has been taken straight out of a folk tale from our childhood. There are several stories associated with the origin of Hampi with one's as ancient as Ramayana. The locals living their proudly tell several such stories that hint the presence of characters from Ramayana whether it be the marks of Ravana capturing Sita or the birth place of Hanumana. The locals also claim that there is a cave which belonged to the monkey king Sugreeva. Modern geologists claim that a part of Hampi was the Kishkindha kingdom, the kingdom of the Vanaras.
Legend says that this rock chariot was brought to this complex by pulling it by elephants and horses. Its wheels though made out of stone are operatable and are made like lotus petals. There used to a statue of Garuda in front of the temple which was relocated during excavations going on during 19th century.