Hampi: An imprint of the erstwhile empire

Hampi is situated on the banks of the Tungabhadra River in the eastern part of central Karnataka, near the Andhra Pradesh border. It is 376 kilometers from Bangalore, 385 kilometers from Hyderabad and 266 kilometers from Belgaum. The closest railway station is in the city of Hosapete (Hospet), 13 km away.

The Group Of Monuments at Hampi were built between AD 1336-1570, located at Vijayanagara city, also known as Vidyanagara in honour of the sage Vidyaranya during the times of Harihara-I to Sadasiva Raya.

During the period AD 1509-30, a large number of royal buildings were raised by Krishnadeva Raya, the greatest ruler of the dynasty. The period witnessed rebirth of Hindu architecture, art, religion in an unusual scale.

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