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Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Group of Monuments at Hampi

Card # 8
These postcard sent to me by my friend Mr.Kasinath.

The Vijayanagara ruins are listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The stone chariot ia a miniture temple and is carved out in a single rock, wonderful man made piece of art. The epical history of Hampi says that Hampi starts and ends with Ramayana in Threta Yuga. Materialistic proofs that Hampi might have been the capital of mighty monkey kingdom, Kishkindha. This is the very place where Hanuman was born and where he met Lord Rama and also where Vali fought his brother Sugriva.

In our emperical history it says that Hampi was founded Harihara and Bukkaraya in the year of 1336 largest hindu empire of its time. Population of over half a million. The an important city for the devotees and poets. Hundres of temple were built. Name like Shri Purandhara Dasa and Tenali Rama(Garlapati Tenali Ramakrishna) can be linked to hampi. Hampi fell down to the attacks of the five Sultans of Deccan - Bidar, Bijapur, Golconda, Ahmednagar and Berar in the year 1565. The city was looted for a period of 6 months. The temples were destroyed and the markets were plundered. The golden empire had come to an end.

Hampi has various notable Hindu temples, some of which are still active places of worship. Most notable ones are: Virupaksha Temple complex: Also known as the Pampapathi temple, it is a Shiva temple situated in the Hampi Bazaar. It predates the founding of the Vijayanagar empire. The temple has a 160-foot (49 m) high tower at its entrance. Apart from Shiva, the temple complex also contains shrines of the Hindu goddesses Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa.

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