Anegundi, located near Hampi across the Tungabhadra River, has a history that predates the Vijayanagara Empire. It is believed that the founding dynasty of Vijayanagara were based there before they laid the foundations of their new capital at Hampi. It continued to be a royal town much after the fall of the empire and still serves as the residence of the Royal family.

A fortified town, it is by far the best preserved suburban center the exists from the Vijayanagara era. The walls that encircled the town are still evident and the town hosts many traditional homes that surround the palace complex of the Royal Family who are descended from the Rayas of Vijayanagara.

I recently took a long rambling walk along the lanes of Anegundi gazing and photographing the homes in the city center. Many were well preserved while some showed signs of the vagaries of time. A lovely morning that is best described by the photographs that I took.

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – Bright blues and soothing whites with brick red lines and hand prints make an interesting façade.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – A splash of red.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – Decorated doors.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – Subtle hues.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa- A section of the Royal Residence – it is presently undergoing a restoration.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – Bright Yellow.

 

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Photograph: Vikram Nanjappa – Faded Pillars

 

As you might have guessed, I am partial to doors! Having said that the lanes of Anegundi are a living museum of the history of the area and if you are lucky enough you might even bump into a member of the erstwhile Royal family who still reside there.