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Alright, So Here Are 5 Lesser-Known Facts About Hampi We Bet You Didn't Know

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Hampi is the core of the Vijayanagara empire and has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Alright, So Here Are 5 Lesser-Known Facts About Hampi We Bet You Didn't Know:

  1. Hampi (Karnataka)

1. There Are 56 Musical Pillars Known As Saregama Pillars

There Are 56 Musical Pillars Known As Saregama Pillarssource: wikimedia.org

The Vittala temple houses the famous musical pillars. These slender and short pilasters carved out of the giant pillars emit musical tones when tapped. But out of the 56 pillars, only 9 musical pillars are functional and produce melodious sounds. HolidayIQ Traveller Dipali Shinde from Mumbai shares, “It is a must visit on Hampi trip. Visit either during early morning or during evening. There is 1 km walk from entry till main gate of the complex. However there is transport available which charge Rs. 20/- per head for return. Be sure to keep the ticket if you want the ride back. The 1 km route is also lined with temples and other old monuments. Entry fee is Rs. 10/- Inside the complex everything is worth seeing. Kalyan mandapa where marriages used to take place to stone chariot, Bhajan Mandapa and Vithal Temple where the Vitthal of Pandharpur originally was placed. The musical pillars are also worth seeing although you cannot enter that area now. The underground vithal temple is also must visit.”

2. The Settlement Of Hampi Dates Back To 1 CE Before Vijayanagara Empire

The Settlement Of Hampi Dates Back To 1 CE Before Vijayanagara Empiresource: wikimedia.org

A common misconception that Hampi was established by the Vijayanagara Empire. However, the first historical record of settlement in Hampi dates back to 1 CE. There's evidence that suggests that the region of Hampi was under the rule of Ashokan Kingdom during the 3rd century BC. HolidayIQ Traveller Jyoti Sharma from Mumbai shares, “The colour of this place is sepia with patches of greenery around. Coconut trees, banana fields and mango trees add to the drama. The undeveloped landscape is covered with natural boulders perched upon one another defying the laws of gravity. It feels as if they are romancing in unique positions. It is one of the most unique sites one could ever experience in India. And the best part is, it always leaves you wondering about the story behind each boulder. These boulders are living witness of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire of the 13th century. I am awe-inspired and in love with this place.”

3. The Vijayanagara’s Main Coin Mint Is Said To Be Located In Hampi

The Vijayanagara’s Main Coin Mint Is Said To Be Located In Hampisource: goatraveldirectory.com

Vijayanagara coinage is astonishing with its array of coins in gold, silver and copper. Most of them spotted the images of gods, animals, birds, state emblem etc. These coins were minted from many mints for the empire but the main one was located in Hampi. HolidayIQ Traveller Sanjna Saxena from Mumbai shares, “Hampi is a visual treat for people who love history. It is rich in Indian Cultural Heritage. The temples and the rocks have sustained for centuries, they are just eternal. If one goes to hampi one feels he is 800 years back. All the conditions that existed so many centuries ago have been carefully preserved. Its for people who love history and culture. You are transported into a completely different world the minute you enter the place. The Hampi Open Museum is a beautiful reminder of the Vijayanagar empire and rich indian history. The cave temples in Badami are spectacular.” 

4. The Sugreeva Cave Is Actually The Monkey King Sugreeva’s Home

The Sugreeva Cave Is Actually The Monkey King Sugreeva’s Homesource: jokisaari.net

Located almost on the river shore, this is a naturally formed cave by huge boulders one leaning over the other. It’s believed that this is the place where the mythical monkey warrior, Sugreeva lived. According to Ramayana he used the cave to hide the jewels dropped by Sita, when the demon king Ravana abducted her. Later Sugreeva met Rama and Laxmana nearby the riverside searching for Sita. HolidayIQ Traveller Sasank Baruah from Hyderabad shares, “Hampi known as Vijayanagara is one of the best kept secret of Ancient India (before the coming of Mughal rule in India). It is not just a historian's paradise, but also offers a rich traditional culture of the Lambadi tribe. The magnificent architect of the 13th century A. D. Temples is brilliant to astonish any art lover.”    

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5. The Name Hampi Was Derived From The Word ‘Pampa,’ Which Is The Old Name Of Tungabhadra River

The Name Hampi Was Derived From The Word ‘Pampa,’ Which Is The Old Name Of Tungabhadra Riversource: wikimedia.org/

Hampi traditionally known as Pampa-kshetra, Kishkinda-kshetra or Bhaskara-kshetra is derived from Pampa, which is the old name of the Tungabhadra River on whose southern banks of the city is built. The name Hampi is an anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers). HolidayIQ Traveller Sumiya Ebrahim from Bengalooru shares, “Either you can soak yourself in the majestic ruins of hampi or you can sit back and relax in the numerous Bohemian Cafes near River Tungabhadra. Either way it is a treat. Hampi relaxes you and calms you down. Dont miss the beautiful Sunrise from Hanuman Temple in Matanga Hill overlooking the beautiful serpent-like flowing Tungabhadra through the big boulders of Hampi.”

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