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Hampi - The
Hampi - The "Musical" Temple (45)
Trip Date:2002-08-19 - 2002-08-22
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Countries visited:India
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It was a gruelling 1125 Km, 4 day trip that I undertook in August of 2002 with the aim of experiencing the Heritage sites in the State of Karnataka in Southern part of India…Hampi, Badami, Aihole & Pattadakal.
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.
Three very closely located sites provide a remarkable concentration of religious monuments dating from the great dynasty of the Chalukya (c 543 – 757), Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. While Aihole is traditionally considered the “laboratory” of the Chalukya architecture, Pattadakal illustrates the apogee of an eclectic art which achieved a harmonious blend of architectural forms from the north and south of India.