Must see points of attractions in Hampi Hampi holds a collection of attractions for the curious eyes of the tourists. We can walk the streets where once the chariots were ridden and explore the baths and the trade markets.
Virupaksha temple and market complex
This temple is built by Krishnadevaraya where the ceiling is painted with the first one as the art of Shiva and Parvati marriage that is popularly known as Shaivism, second art is the Vaishnavism depicting the wedding of Rama and Sita, third is the cupid god Kama shooting arrow at Lord Shiva and fourth is the Vidyaranya ,hindu scholar carried in a procession. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated as a massive festival in the virupaksha temple.
The magnificent Narasimha and Linga
Next to the Balakrishna Temple, there is a huge Linga and yoga Narasimhar, an avatar of Vishnu brings in the wow factor to the tourists. We can also spot a market street with some ruins and a place called pushkarani whose purpose is similar to the great bath of mohenjo daro.
Vitthala temple has a unique treasure hidden into its stones. It has 56 carved stone stupas which produce the musical notes of sa-re-ga-ma-pa-dha-ni when struck . It was once once served as a celebration hall with lots of music and dance. It remains as the main temple with a garuda shrine shaped like a chariot.
The Mahanavami platform or “Audience Hall” was once a celebration stage where great performances were held during festivities. The first two levels of the stage are made out of granites and we can see the marching figures of elephants, camels and horses. It also includes female dance figures and scenes of common citizens lifestyle.
Lotus Mahal and Elephant Stable
The lotus temple stands mighty in the ground with intricate details and corbel structures with high arches. The Elephant stable is where the elephants were once taken care of. The huge arches indicates the majestic heights of those elephants and how they were brought in and out of the stables.
Must see places in Badami Bhutanatha Temple
The Agasthya Theertha is a lake next to the Bhutanatha temple providing the tourists with a striking landscape. This temple withholds two other temples and numerous shrines. As the slogan goes “Nature at its best”, Bhutanatha Temple is blended into the nature creating a beautiful canvas.
The first cave temple is dedicated to lord Shiva with carvings of Vamana and Arthanareeswarar upon the walls. The second cave temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and third cave dedicated to both the lords with the Harihara which is half figure of Shiva and Half figure of Vishnu combined together. Finally, the last cave is dedicated for Jainism having Lord Mahavira, Bahubali and many tirthankaras. As a tourist, The Hampi and Badami provides us with admiring architectural works of Chalukyas and Vijayanagara. The ruins and relics speaks the power of both the dynasties through their architectural skills.