Art & Architecture: "Since its inception under the rulers of this dynasty, the capital city Vijayanagara (Hampi & surrounding villages) witnessed a great spurt in the architecture of a religious,secular and defense nature of colossal proportions and set in tune with rugged and rustic environment.A few hillocks in the valley are identified with Kishkinta,Anjanadari,Matanga,Malayavantha, Rushyamukha, Hemakutha and Ratnakutha of the epic Ramayana times and form the backdrop of the Vijayanagara architects venture. Time speed & spatial organization were the hallmark of their architectural style. This led to the minutest creations of the thumb nail sized Ganesha(in ivory) to mega sculptural representations of Lakshmi Narasimha to large temple complexes like Pattabhirama & Vittala." ( Narrative has been taken from plaques in the ASI gallery)
Here are some more pics taken at the ASI Gallery:
|Model of the Hampi ruins - see the solid fortifications all around the town|
|The Tungabhadra river flowing through the heart of the city - This river was the lifeline of the Empire|
|Gymnastic stone - head is inserted through the opening and the stone is lifted on the shoulder|
Portugese travellor Domingo Paes(1520-1522) has described him as follows: This King is medium height and fair complexion and good figure, rather fat than thin.He has on his face signs of small pox.He is the most feared and perfect King that could possibly be. Cheerful of disposition and very merry, he is one that seeks to honor foreigners and receives them kindly,asking them about all their affairs.He is a great ruler and a man of justice but subject to sudden fits of rage and this is his title: "Crisnarao Macacao" ,King of Kings, Lord of the greater Lords of India, Lord of the three seas and of the land....." ( Narratives are from plaques in the ASI Gallery).
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