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As the saying goes - " If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi"

The austere, grandiose site of Hampi was the last capital of the last great Hindu Kingdom of Vijayanagar. Its fabulously rich princes built Dravidian temples and palaces which won the admiration of travellers between the 14th and 16th centuries. Conquered by the Deccan Muslim confederacy in 1565, the city was pillaged over a period of six months before being abandoned.
Hampi is also called "The City of Ruins". The Vijayanagara ruins are listed as the Group of Monuments at Hampi as a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Located on the bank of River Tungabhadra, the name "Hampi" is an anglicized version of the Kannada (the language of Karanataka state in India) Hampe (derived from Pampa, the ancient name for the river Tungabhadra).

The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. The pillars are ornately sculptured and deeply recessed.
To the east of the hall is the famous Stone Chariot. Its stone wheels, each shaped in the form of a lotus, are capable of revolving. It represents the sprakling creativity of the artistes of the fifteenth century. Temple chariots are often mobile reproductions of a temple. The stone chariot here is in turn a static version of the mobile temple chariot.

Then I saw this little girl in red trudging across and I couldn’t resist...

Scanned from print, applied Neat Image for Noise removal...I lost some sharpness as a result & I'm not happy about that. This also means I'm yet a novice with NI :-(. But I've to thank Josep (josepmarin) to make me initiate using NI.

Original scan versions in WS

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