Brief History of Hampi: Located on the Southern Banks of the Tungabhadra River, Hampi is believed to be the ancient city of Kishkintha of Ramayana fame. Asokan rock edicts located near this place have attested to Grand Mauryan antiquity. Buddhist limestone panels excavated show the prevalence of Buddhism during the 1st-2nd century AD.Hampi was also ruled by various other kingdoms - by the Chalukyas of Badami(5th-6th Century AD), Rashtrakutas (7th-8th century AD),Chalukyas of Kalyani (9th-11th Century AD),Hoysalas (11th-13th century AD) and Yadavas of Devagiri (13th Century AD).
This was followed by the rule of the magnificent Vijayanagara Empire which ruled for close to three centuries and flourished and prospered under various rulers, the most famous and powerful being Krishna Deva Raya who took the Empire to glorious heights.
The ASI musuem contains a large and exquisite collection of sculptures from various periods including the Vijayanagara era. I have clicked several hundred photographs but I am presenting only a few select pictures for your viewing.
|Pics of the group on arrival at ASI Museum Hampi|
|The spacious and lush green carpeted campus of the ASI Museum|
|Four Armed Bhairava|
|Vishnu in reclining pose|
|A Scene from Ashoka Vana: Hanuman meeting Sita in the presence of a Rakshasi|
|Varaha: An avatar of Vishnu|
|Narasimha in Padmasana|
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