Sunday, 26 March 2017

Hampi Vitthala Temple

Vitthala Temple is the epicentre of Hampi's attractions. It has been acclaimed as the most extravagant architectural showpiece of Hampi. As per the website www.hampi.in "The temple is built in the form of a sprawling campus with compound wall and gateway towers. There are many halls, pavilions and temples located inside this campus. Vitthala or Vittala, is a reincarnation of lord Vishnu."
No amount of words can explain this spectacle.  

Ghumakkad visited Hampi in Feb-17. We brought to you the road ride from Hyderabad to Hampi earlier. If you missed seeing the red-chilli farms, click here!

This picture story revolves around the Vitthala temple complex in Hampi, Karnataka.
Those not familiar with the location of Hampi, please see the map below.
We had stayed at Karnataka State Tourism Development Corporation (KSTDC) hotel Mayura at Kamalapur. Few pictures of the hotel and it's environment can be browsed in our previous story
Vitthala Temple complex is just a 10-minute drive from the hotel. 

All the monuments have a metal signage giving a brief history and salient features. It is very informative.
It was also very heartening to see similar signage in braille for visually impaired tourists. The braille signage is on a metal sheet which can withstand rain and dew. See the picture below.

To minimise vehicular pollution, electric golf carts ferry the tourists from parking lot to the main entrance.

 















Seeing these ruins, I was reminded of Las-Ruinas, a resort created amidst the ruins in South America. Tremendous potential exists in Hampi also for a similar venture. In fact, Hampi-by-night project is underway where tourists will be able to see the ruins at night lit specially.













Here is a location sketch of the monuments.

As we ended the day, we carried back the images of an era gone by.
More stories of other ruins and monuments will follow.

We would like to mention two stories on Hampi written by Ms Neeta Lal in the Economic Times and the DNA. Do browse.

Bye till the next story on other parts of Hampi.

    -  Harsh-the-Ghumakkad/ 26th March 2017