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This is the Vithala Temple complex in Hampi -- the seat of the famed Vijaynagar state, the largest empire in pre-moghul India. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Moghul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors beggaring description.
Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation. Protected by the tempestuous river Tungabhadra in the north and rocky granite ridges on the other three sides, the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur splendor and fabulous wealth. The splendid remains of palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction. Hampi is like an oasis in the parched lands of the Deccan Plateau of Karnataka state. Within this luxuriant oasis are banana plantations, coconut groves, monkeys clambering high above in giant palms. The placid clear water of the river gently flows and mutters through the rock strewn hills, rounded and crazily shaped, as the huge boulders pile up on one another above the small circuitous road on the far bank that wends its way to a hill summit where a small white temple resides. There are temples and entrances formed out of the huge rocks everywhere. Further along the river is the world heritage site, the most splendid monument of Hampi, the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars.

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Additional Photos by Sabyasachi Talukdar (sabyasachi1212) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3140 W: 281 N: 5210] (19779)
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