As i sit to write the second part on my Trip to Hampi, i wonder what could be the greatest remains of this era which could be the future scholar’s thesis subject. Walking through the stones and structures like an enthusiastic kid who is just entered a playing park, i was so curious to know what next after every structures, some of the structures were monoliths from a single stone, and some were just carved on the front of stones leaving the back of it empty. The different depiction of each stories of Ramayana and Sri Krishna’s Childhood will leave you awestruck. Since Hampi was believed to be the erstwhile Kishkindha of King Sugreeva as in Ramayana, It happened to be the Birthplace of Hanuman. You would find significant no of Carvings of Hanuman everywhere. In Hazara Rama temple walls the life of vijaya nagara was captured in its full glory, it surely help you understand how the life was during that time.
It was so interesting to note that temples ruled the structures, it makes us believe that building temples was one of the strong achievement of any Kings during that era. This location is really a must visit place for everyone who loves history. I was surprised to see more foreigners than indians in Hampi, they were so much involved in everything there in Hampi.
Hampi was a very strategic location for Vijaya Nagara Empire because it was inside a stone fortress created by nature. Penetrating that by enemies could have been very difficult task, the history says many such attempts to attack Hampi by Sultan’s were failed.
You can find the the architecture of Vijaya Nagara is combination of different style from Cholas, Chalukya, Pandyans and Hoysalan’s. It has Domes, Arches and vaults which are influenced by Sultanates of that time, it was shown only in creativity otherwise they were bitter rivals trying to capture each other’s kingdom.
Some more images from Hampi –
Time was too less for me to see everything in Hampi, i would like to go there again with more time to see every aspect of Hampi and Medieval Era of South India,
Concluding my Blog on Hampi here today and will come back with some more interesting content very soon. Hope you liked this blog and let me know your comments