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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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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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The Lambanis

Vikram Nanjappa

The Hampi region is not only home to a large number of communities that have historical ties to it but has also attracted a lot of people over the years who migrated here in search of livelihoods. One such community are the Lambanis. The Lambanis are a nomadic tribe and are believed to have migrated…

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Horsepower in Hampi

Vikram Nanjappa

Horsepower was the engine that fueled Hampi’s growth and ensured its security. In those days of constant warfare, power flowed from the back of a horse. Cavalry was then the cutting edge of the military arm and a large cavalry ensured a great advantage in warfare. It therefore should come as no surprise that the…

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Gods Hampi

Gods of Hampi!

Neeta Shankar

Five centuries back Vijayanagar kingdom and the Gods of Hampi. Materialistic wealth was perhaps arguably the highest in the world. Now all is lost. What remains is in ruins but the architectural beauty and their greatness in embracing ‘one God many manifestations ‘ philosophy lingers on in the idols of the Gods of Hampi still standing tall,…

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myriad feelings hampi

Hampi – the name itself brings out myriad feelings in one depending on whether one is a person interested in Mythology, Geology, Art, History, Social History, Irrigation Engineering, Archaeology or just an ordinary person enamored with Nature. So it is no surprise that UNESCO chose it to be a World Heritage center. Hampi acts like…

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