From the dust, all shall rise…
With nothing but innumerable number of huge boulders strew all around the main archeological site of Hampi it is rather desolate. The wind blows recklessly here. Scared stone structures of temples and sanctum sanctuaries are scattered everywhere. Some structures like that of Lord Narasimha with big bulging eyes and that of Goddess Parvati holding baby Lord Ganesha on her lap will surely make you pause on your track.
As you make your way across the pale yellow rocks, you will realize you have stepped out of the 21st century only to enter sometimes in the 14th century. Caught between the times of then and now the ruins of Hampi have delicately preserved an era when clearly prosperity was in abundance.
Forlorn, abandoned and nearly forgotten Hampi is a quaint little town in the state of Karnataka, India which holds the highest prestige of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located on the banks of Tungabhadra River, it is considered to be the world’s second-largest medieval-era city after Beijing, and probably India’s one of the richest civilizations.
The chronicles of Vijayanagara Empire of Hampi spreads over a ruin of 4,100 hectares with more than 1,600 surviving remains of the last great Hindu kingdom in South India under Harihara I and Bukka I. Conquered and destroyed by a coalition of Muslim sultanates, around 1565, the history got buried and this glorious city of India faded away from the memories of the people.
The temple complexes add to the enhancement of the place. The intricate carving on their walls tells the epic of Ramayana and that of the gods and goddesses, evidencing a great religious fraternity. Even today Hampi continues to be an important religious centre, housing the Virupaksha Temple, Hazara (Thousand) Rama Temple, Vitthala Temple and many more.
It can be aptly said that Hampi is such a place where every rock carries a story of its own. This place is mysterious and mythical at the same time. And it will be your job to unearth as many stories as possible by you.
Today most of Hampi is gone. Even in its most dilapidated state, Hampi can be said to proudly proclaim that it has witnessed one of the best times of India, which allows us to catch up with a time long lost.