Remains of a beautifully carved stone Chariot in compound of Vittala Temple, Hampi.
Hampi, known for magnificent ruins of Vijayanagara Empire, is located in Bellari District of Karnataka, India. It was former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. Virupaksha Temple here is even older than the Vijayanagara kings. The ruins are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, better recognized as the Group of Monuments at Hampi. Hampi formed one of the core areas of the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire from 1336 to 1565. Hampi was chosen because of its strategic location, bounded by the torrential Tungabhadra River on one side and surrounded by defensible yellow hills on the other three sides. Better days of Hampi finally ended when the Deccan Muslim confederacy laid siege of the city. A period of destruction followed and a beautiful city was mercilessly ruined.
Though most of the buildings are in dilapidated state today, the ruins represent beautiful examples of fine artistry of master craftsmen. You need lots of patience to discover the place, as every nook and corner of Hampi has a story to tell, a beautiful piece of stone craving to see.