The ruins at Hampi give us a glimpse of the glory it enjoyed at one time

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The gateway of the Virupaksha temple bears the tallest of the towers built during the Vijayanagara period. The temple of Vittala at Hampi is one of their most celebrated temples

The Vijayanara Hampi

Large temples such as of Virupaksha, Krishna, Achyuta, Kodandarama, Hazara Rama, Malyavanta – Raghunatha and others throw light on the diversity of the religious life in the capital. Among the impressive civic structures at Hampi are the Kamal Mahal, which was the centre of sports for ladies of the Royal house – hold, and the Mahanavami Dibba, which was the centre where the pomp and prosperity of the empire were displayed during the grand Dasara festival. The elephant stables, the massive fort walls, the beautiful baths, the long canals, the palaces and watch towers throw light on the nature of the royal life of the Vijayanagara rulers. The Portuguese traveller Paes has stated that pearls, rubies, emeralds, sapphires and expensive clothes were traded in the open streets of the capital city. These accounts of foreign visitors clearly indicate that Vijayanagara wa a city of immense prosperity, pomp and grandeur.

The Vijayanagara rulers were great builders,but they also patronized the art of paintings. The paintings of this period are seen at Hampi, Lepakshi and some other centres. Vijayanagara developed a distinct architectural style and spread it across the whole of south India. They used granite stone as well as brick and mortar for construction. The impressive gateways with all tall towers or gopurams are called `Raya Gopurams' after Krishnadevaraya. Their temples have complex pillars and large halls. The finest of the Vijayanagara temples are found at Hampi, lepakshi, Tadipatri and some other centres.

The gateway of the Virupaksha temple bears the tallest of the towers built during the Vijayanagara period. The temple of Vittala at Hampi is one of their most celebrated temples. The Hajara Rama temple bears witness to the best of their sculptures. Massive and free – standing images such as Ugra Narasimha, Ganesha and Nandi are among their great creations.

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author avatar Fern Mc Costigan
3rd Oct 2015 (#)

Its a blessing you posts very enlightening and full of interesting facts learning the history of your country, great post!

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author avatar brendamarie
4th Oct 2015 (#)

wow, what an amazing article!! Thank-you for sharing

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