But perhaps you will want to begin making memories by politely accepting the immense presence of the Virupaksha Temple through the lens of your camera. The temple houses the patron deity of the then Vijayanagara rulers.
The Hampi Bazaar, or the Virupaksha Bazaar, is the street that is located in front of the Virupaksha Temple, and goes all the way to the Matanga Hill. You will see a series of pavilions that were once a part of the prosperous Vijayanagara market, some of which are two-storied and known to have been the abodes of the nobles as well.
The Vittala Temple complex is where you will find the renowned and the ever-mysterious musical pillars. Also, you will be awed by the grandeur of the stone chariot, currently the symbol of Karnataka Tourism, which can be found in this temple complex.
The holy waters of pushkaranis have been diligently reflecting the eastern side of the famous Krishna Temple. While this remains tranquil and still, you can see the varying reflections of the changing hues of the sky overhead.
When a fierce avatar of the otherwise calmingly depicted deity, Vishnu, is sculpted massively enough to overwhelm you with its sheer size and arty assurance, how can you not make a pictorial memory for yourself? We are talking about the Lakshmi Narasimha statue, one of Hampi’s vandalised wonders.
Arguably the most charming form of a deity is Lord Ganesha, worshipped as Vighnaharta or the remover of obstacles. One of the statues of Ganesha in Hampi, called Kadalekalu Ganesha, has been given a belly that resembles the Bengal gram (kadalekalu in Kannada). And at the southern foothill of the Hemakuta Hill sits the monolithic Ganesha statue that is called Sasivekalu (mustard seed in Kannada) Ganesha.
The Elephant Stable, which was built to house the royal elephants of Krishnadevaraya’s army, will enthral you, and you can also photograph the neighbouring building where the mahouts of the time were known to live.
The Achyutaraya Temple, which houses a form of Vishnu called Tiruvengalanatha, stands as the most sophisticated epitome of the Vijayanagara style of architecture, with one of the market streets in front of it. The temple is usually less crowded due to its location away from the other well-known tourist attractions, offering you a priceless opportunity for photography.
In the secular category of historical structures in Hampi is the Lotus Mahal, also known as Kamal Mahal or Chitragani Mahal, whose geometrical perfection is astounding. The structural style deviates from the rest of the monuments, and although its exact purpose is unknown, the Lotus Mahal is believed to have been a socialising place for women in the royal family.
Hampi is speckled with iconic structures and numerous temples that will take you back in time. And to help you make the most of the photo opportunities, Skipper will walk with you at every step. Join her in rediscovering the riverside ruins of Hampi, and carry back the stories hidden between the stones in the pixels of your photographs.