The Underground Shiva Temple was constructed well below ground level so that the linga could stand surrounded by water. Fortunately, some parts of its rather gloomy and empty interior were dry so we were able to have a poke around them, but neither of us was tempted to wade through the water surrounding the linga itself.
The village of Hampi is most famous as the site of Vijayanagara, once the capital of the wealthiest and most powerful kingdom in southern India, which was left devastated virtually overnight by the Delhi sultans from the north of India after the battle of Talikota in 1565. Continue reading Mythical Origins of Hampi
When we turned round the corner, we were greeted with the sight of two immense wooden chariots standing outside the entrance to the Virupaksha Temple in preparation for the Holi Festival, which takes place on the full moon in March each year to say farewell to winter and welcome the spring and summer. Continue reading Hampi Virupaksha Temple
Waiting for us at the end of Hampi Bazaar was a huge monolithic statue of the bull Nandi housed in a twin-storied mandapa (pavilion) with a heap of huge boulders behind it. Known locally as Yeduru Basavanna, this was carved out of the rock and although fairly primitive in style has an imposing presence about it. Continue reading Hampi Bazaar Entrance Gate