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I went to Hampi as an aimless traveler who was merely looking for something new and it barely took a day to succumb to the charms of this enchanting medieval city. The pure beauty and grandeur of the ruins I saw took me by surprise. This exquisite artisanship surely could not have flourished and sustained…

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Hampi is the perfect coming together of unhurried modernity and historical enchantment. The cafés and curio stalls melt away as you enter the Vitthala complex’ five-tiered gopuram (gateway). The colonnades, on either side, are intricately carved with images of the women of Hampi decked out in royal finery. The musical pillars of the Sangeetha Mandapam complex…

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A Glimpse of Village Life

Neelamma Subramani

When you have friends, who are like minded and have a profound love for history, then why not have a reunion in one of the most popular heritage city like Hampi which dates to 16th century. It was a beautiful month of July, an overnight journey from Bangalore took us to Hospet which is 5Km…

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Posted in: Destination Hampi

In Lord of the Rings, the ring-bearer and his companions enter the Old Forest- where the trees have mysterious powers that allow them to hypnotize, and use their roots to entrap, intruders. These ancient woodlands symbolize nature’s all-encompassing dominion over everything man-made. The Vijayanagar Empire was utterly destroyed in the mid-1500s. Palaces and temples razed…

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Posted in: Destination Hampi

Colonel Alexander Greenlaw was an officer in the army of the British East India Company with a weakness for photography. It is not clear when he developed his interest in photography, but he exhibited some of his work in an 1855 exhibition in Madras (now Chennai) and was awarded a second-class medal for his “great…

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Posted in: Destination Hampi

I must confess upfront that I am neither a big-time history-culture buff, nor is the spirit of mine, with it’s existentialist leanings, enthralled by stories of palaces, kings and kingdoms. Yet, Hampi had been on my to-do list for quite some time now. It must have been the hippy in me wanting to commune with…

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Vignettes of the Past

Sheshadri Vasan

During the first two days during my recent visit, I did something new in Hampi and that was the wildlife, which I have already shared in my previous blog. But, that was not the end of it. Hampi gave me more and surprisingly a different perspective compared to what I had always seen. I call…

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The Wild Denizens of Hampi

Sheshadri Vasan

Hampi, to me, was all about archaeological ruins, historical temples & rock mountains, till I researched and explored the other face of it. Hampi, which became the capital of the Vijayanagar Empire in the 14th century, has always been a very inviting holiday and photography destination for me. The history of Hampi, the ruins that…

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The Dancing Girls of Hampi

Vikram Nanjappa

Relief carvings in Hampi commonly depict dancing girls. These and other historical accounts (mainly temple inscription and travelers accounts) attest to a thriving culture of courtesans and devadasis. In the Devadasi tradition, a girl (usually at a young age) is dedicated to a deity or a temple. The dedication ceremony is similar in many ways…

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Posted in: Destination Hampi People

Vijayanagara Courtly Style

Vikram Nanjappa

Reams of paper have been consumed describing the wonders of the Vijayanagara Empire, based out of their capital city of Hampi. A steady stream of visitors since the 15th Century have waxed eloquently on what was once described as the ‘the best provided city in the world’. Two hundred years of immense wealth and power…

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