Places in Hampi - Stage 2 (3-4 hours)


Underground Shiva Temple

Underground Shiva Temple

      The temple was originally named Prasanna Virupaksha. The main parts of this temple with its many early features may be assigned to the 14 century.

Noble Men's Quarter

Noble Men's Quarter

      The ruins of the foundations spread out over a valley among the foot of small rocky hills. This is where the aristocrats of the Vijayanagar lived. What you notice is the simplicity of the structures. Most of the residential quarters are rectangular in shape and set systematically. It’s believed that the high ranking officers and the military commanders lived here.

Danaik's Enlcosure

Danaik's Enlcosure

      Danaik's Enclosure used to be the military training area for the elite army. The enclosure area is roughly about 200 meters wide and 800 meters long. The recent discovery of an ancient Shiva temple by the Archaeological Survey of India. The temple was found buried just west of the Danaik’s Enclosure area. A sequence of events started with clearing of this area of bushes and shrubs led to the unearthing of this temple The Danaik’s Enclosure area is split into three sections. The north-western area that houses the Mohammadan Watch Tower, the Mosque, the Band Tower, the Idgah, the seat of Danaik and Shiva temple just outside of it.

Vira Harihara Palace

       The Palace of Vira Harihara is located at the north end of the Hazara Ramaswamy temple. One such big compound in the quarter contains the remains of a large and ornate place-base. Only the ground level structure is left now. This palace also had a few residential complexes. The entry to the building is through the eastern side of the wall. There is a 3 m wide gap that is now used as a gateway. Here, one can also find an elevated platform that has about a dozen or so steps. This was used by the king to get on his elephant.

Hazara Ramachandra Temple

Hazara Ramachandra Temple

       This temple was built by 1'st Devaraya in 15'th century. The temple stands in a rectangular courtyard, with entrances facing to the east. The temple is special with its exceptionally carved outer walls, an unusual feature in the other Vijayanagara temple. Reliefs showing daily life and dussehra festival scenes occur on the outer walls of the courtyard. The story of Ramayana (the Hindu epic) is impressively carved on all around the shrine walls like a comics strips on stone. Scenes from the Ramayana occur on the inner courtyard walls. There is a well-relief of baby Krishna on the walls. The temple may have been exclusively for royal use. It may have been a private shrine for royalty.




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