ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagar Empire. Known for its ruins, which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hampi is a must visit for many reasons. The ruins here stands to tell a story of India’s rich cultural and historical past. We have listed down a few lesser known facts about Hampi that are bound to interest you… And for all you know, urge you to pack your bags and set forth!
Lesser known facts about Hampi!
- While it’s a known fact that the ruins of Hampi are a UNESCO World Heritage Site, we must tell you that the Hampi Monuments, popular for their carvings date back to the 14th Century.
- The name Hampi was derived from the word ‘Pampa,’ which is the old name of Tungabhadra River, on whose Southern banks the city is built.
- The ruins and monuments are spread over an area of 26 square kilometres.
- Vijayanagara’s main coin mint was located in Hampi. The coinage was astonishing with gold, silver and copper coins with pictures of Gods, animals, birds, etc. The ruins of the mint can be seen inside the walled enclosure at the west of the royal enclosure.
- The first historical record of settlement in Hampi dates back to 1 CE.
- The Hazra Rama Temple complex is known for its frescoes from the Hindu religion. It has over a thousand carvings and inscriptions depicting the story of Ramayana.
- The Malyavanta Raghunathaswamy temple here flaunts peculiar motifs of fish and marine creatures.
- The Virupaksha Temple also known as the Pampavathi Temple rises over 120 feet. Apart from the sculptures of Lord Shiva, this temple also contains shrines of the erotica statues Bhuvaneshwari and Pampa.
These are only some interesting facts about Hampi. There’s much more to this heritage site and you
ought to visit the place to learn about the various stories about its history.