Ancient Ruins Of Hampi

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Ancient Vijayanagar, now known as the village of Hampi was the capital of the greatest and one of the most famed the Hindu Kingdom of Vijaynagar. Located in the northern part of the state of Karnataka in South India, the village of Hampi has some extremely captivating ruins, intriguingly intermingled with large boulders that rear up all over the landscape. Although in ruins today, this crumbling metropolis was once one of the most beautiful cities in its time. Hampi once boasted of a treasure trove, reflected in its lavish Dravidian temples and palaces, and under the rule of king Krishnadevaraya, it became the seat of re-establishment of Indian culture with a flourish for music, art, sculpture, and literature. The name “Hampi” is an anglicized version of the Kannada Hampe (derived from Pampa). The name Hampi can also mean “champion”. Over the years, it has also been referred to as Vijayanagara and Virupakshapura (from Virupaksha, the patron deity of the Vijayanagara rulers).