It's easy to get lost among the temples of Hampi, but despite how much time has passed, the conservation of the 350 temples is very good, so there are no ruins. There are also fortifications, a vast and elaborate irrigation system, sculptures, paintings, stables, palaces, gardens, markets. Besides the beauty there, you don't have to pay to enter (as most of the temples are open) and there is rarely a lot of people. A perfect tour through time and Hindu culture.
Inside the temple Vijayavittala, you'll find Hampi, the most famous building. This statue is a shrine built in the form of car, where according to Hindu mythology, Garuda is the vehicle of Lord Vishnu. The float is built with many giant granite blocks but the union of the blocks is perfectly hidden behind the carvings decorating the cart. In front of the chariot two elephants appear to be pulling the cart. These elephants replaced two horses that were carved in the same position. The tails and the rear legs of horses can still be seen behind the elephants.
Located in Karnataka, Hampi it's a holy town surrounded by boulders that appear to be piled on top of each other by magic. Amazing. You will find good people, unforgettable laps on foot or by bike through the ruins of the city of Vijayanagar. Cross the Tungabhadra River in a round leather boat and arrive to the temple of the monkey god. Good buddy adventure!
The giant statue, measuring almost seven meters high, depicts Narasimha, the half-man, half-lion, who was an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Narasimha is seated on the snake's coils coils, which rises behind him covering him. Originally, there was a smaller image of Lakshmi sitting on his lap.
Going up a hill behind the main part of Hampi, we came upon a group of elderly Indians. Nobody knew a word of Hindi and they didn't know much English. We drew the bindi and they smiled and shook our hands. It was a very warm welcome.
Between the majestic temples of Hampi there is one dedicated to Laksmi. An elephant is the manifestation of the Hindu goddess of fortune. Every morning if one approaches the river you can watch it bathe and even lend a hand with a sponge. After, the elephant walks through the temples falling to his knees before the altar as a sign of respect, and finally, blesses whoever approaches in exchange for a dirham.
550 steps separate the base from the top of Monkey Temple in Hampi, India. A place to contemplate the sunsets (the most impressive I've seen). From the top you can see the entire valley, the sun, and the earth, becomes enormous and completely red, the stones seem to be alight and the colors are accentuated for a moment, it is a most vivid sunset. We rented a motorcycle to get from the other side of the river from Hampi (where we were staying) and used it for an excursion day, but yes, you have to be careful with the bikes, because although they are cheap they do not ask for any permission or paperwork. Care must be taken because they are not as reliable as cars (you probably don't have any brakes) so it is better to test before hiring. The temple can easily be reached though, climb the 550 steps and return before the sun goes away as they don't carry flashlights. But the views during the ascent and descent are fantastic, the river, the village, the banana plantations, huge rocks, red-colored earth, the fields, and of course, monkeys. A picture of the valley is attached here (to give you an idea.) If you want to make friends with the monkeys get a few bananas, but beware as they are not as sweet as they seem.
Located in the Royal enclosure (a must-see!), a huge slab with the image of Lord Hanuman portrayed in the typical posture (right hand on his head, left hand placed on the thigh) stands out from its surroundings.
The complex consists of two twin temples dedicated to Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi. It is not one of the best-preserved temples.
This small quadrangular,temple, which is strangely surrounded by a vast palm grove. It's an easy visit, since it's on one of the main roads of the region. It's a little out of town so you have to go by taxi or bicycle.
Situated opposite the Krishna temple on the other side of the road, by the main entrance road to the temple, shops, with space to park cars . It was covered by earth for many years below the temple. At the bazaar we can find a sacred kiosk.
It seems that this temple was built in the fifteenth century. It was a private place of worship for royalty. It's a small temple compared to the others in Hampi, but it has something that really makes it stand out; The outer walls of the temple are decorated with Ramayanan sequences.