Princely State of Sandur
This is a picturesque hill fringed region in a splendid valley. It has natural riches of iron and manganese ores. A huge fort can be seen in a marvellous palace here. This fort is a remarkable monument left behind by the famous Maratha rulers. There are two wonderful temples dedicated to Lord Kumaraswamy and Goddess Parvati. These are situated here in the hills of Bellary. The temple contains some amazing elements of art and sculpture and it has serene surroundings. A temple of Lord Rama can be seen on this hill resort.
Hampi was earlier the capital city of the Vijayanagara Empire. It is situated at an altitude of 467 meter above the sea level. Harihara Temple also known as Hukka and Bukka, the Telugu princes established Hampi. This place has several precious monuments, which exist even today. This city is worth visiting to see the prestigious remnants of the great Vijayanagara Empire.
This temple was constructed between 1530 and 1542. It is located on the south of the sacred Tungabhadra River. The surroundings of this temple are hilly and it is the largest among the ruins. This wonderful temple is noted for its largeness. There is a capacious hall in front of the temple.
Dussehra Dibba or Vijaya Bhavani
This is architecturally a very wonderful temple. The ruler of Vijayanagara, Krishnadevaraya built this temple to show his gratitude towards the ultimate Supreme Being after his invasion of Orissa. Exquisite carvings decorate the temple structure. Dussehra festival is celebrated with pomp and gaiety here. The marching soldiers, beautiful damsels in various dancing postures, horses and elephants are carved on the temple walls. The ruins of the once-magnificent palace can be seen from the top of the temple.
This temple was built in 1509 in the memory of Krishnadevaraya. It is also called 'Temple of Pasupati'. It is also said that this temple was built by Krishnadevaraya to commemorate his triumph over the Bijapur and Gajapathy rulers. The temple has massive holy image of Lord Shiva, which is a sacred monolithic structure. The deity is called Lord Virupaksha here. The images of many other deities can also be seen here. The monolithic pillars with intricate and ethereal artwork can be seen in the "mandapam" of the temple. The Bhistappayyana gopuram or the temple tower here became the model for all the South Indian Vijayanagara Temple. These are also known as Rajagopurams.
This temple is found on the banks of the holy river Tungabhadra. It is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is one of the still existing holy monuments of the Vijayanagara Empire though the temple tower is damaged. The temple area is a rectangular courtyard of 152 meter X 94 meter. There are total 56 strong pillars in this temple and these are special as they produce musical tones. One more interesting feature of this huge temple is that the chariot here is made out of stone. It has now got place in the list of 'World Heritage Monuments'.
This temple was uncovered during one of the excavations by the British. Lord Shiva was believed to be the presiding deity of the temple. Now, there is no deity in this temple. The ruins of the royal guesthouse can be seen in front of this temple.
Hazara Ramaswamy Temple
This is an ancient temple of Bellary District dedicated to Lord Rama. The royal family has been worshipping in this temple since long time. Various beautiful carvings can be seen in this temple. The pillars of the temple are carved with various incarnations of Lord Vishnu and some scenes of the great epics are also depicted. Moreover, the elaborate wall paintings include images of sacred animals.
This is now an archaeological museum, which was earlier the resting place of the kings. A large number of artefacts can be seen in this museum. These things were unearthed from the excavations, which started in 1976, and going on even today. These articles include the ancient Chinese coins and many other instruments used by the kings of that period. A restaurant run by KSTDC can be seen at the entrance.
According to the great epic Ramayana, Kishkindha was the kingdom of the Anthropoid King Vali. This place is situated on the splendid banks of the holy river Tungabhadra. The epic also referred about the grand hills Hrishyamuk, Malyabanta and Matanga. A mound can be seen here, where the king Vali is said to have been laid to rest. A temple dedicated to Lord Rama can also be seen here.
This Twin Temple has wonderful artwork of the Chalukyas on the exterior walls. Fifty-nine polished and glossy pillars can be seen in the twin temple. A unique style is followed while building the Sikharas of the temple.
This dam is situated about 7 km from Hospetand 20 km from Hampi. It is of 49 meter high and runs to a length of 500 meter across the ravishing river Tungabhadra. A Japanese style garden and a captivating horticultural farm make it a perfect picnic spot. A net factory and a steel project can also be seen. There is a serene reservoir created by the dam, which spreads over 387 sq meters.
(Last Updated on : 09-04-2013)
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