City of Ruins


In the heart of Karnataka lies a place frozen in time, where ancient grandeur meets captivating ruins. Hampi, the City of Ruins, was once a vibrant capital of the Vijayanagara Empire. This extraordinary archaeological site holds the remnants of a glorious past.

Sculptural Mastery  The intricate carvings on the pillars of Vittala Temple, a testament to Hampi’s architecture.

Hampi’s architecture is a testament to the grandeur and artistic brilliance of the Vijayanagara Empire. The architecture of Hampi showcases a harmonious blend of various styles, including Dravidian, Hoysala, Chalukyan, and Vijayanagara.

Enduring Grandeur  Majestic ruins standing the test of time in Hampi.

The monumental temples of Hampi, with their intricate carvings, towering gopurams, and sprawling courtyards, leave visitors in awe. The Virupaksha Temple is a distinguished instance of the Vijayanagara style.

Harmony Enshrined Symmetry and beauty captured in the architecture of Hampi.

The Vittala Temple complex is another architectural marvel, featuring the iconic stone chariot and musical pillars.

Artistic Splendour  Marvelling at the intricate details of Hampi’s stone carvings.

Apart from temples, Hampi is adorned with other magnificent structures, including the Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, and the Royal Enclosure with its grand platforms.

Eternal Foundations  Ancient pillars that still stand tall in Hampi’s architectural legacy.

The architecture of Hampi not only captivates with its aesthetic beauty but also reflects the cultural and religious significance of the era. It stands as a living testimony to the rich heritage and architectural legacy of ancient India.

Radiant Elegance  Sunlight illuminates the finely carved pillars of the Lotus Mahal.

Exploring Hampi’s architectural wonders is like stepping back in time and immersing oneself in the grandeur and magnificence of a glorious past.

Unceasing Legacy A living heritage, preserved in stone and sculpture.

In the realm of photography, there are certain places that hold a mesmerising allure for photographers, drawing them in with their captivating stories and enchanting beauty.

Crafted Heritage A mesmerising blend of history and craftsmanship.

Hampi, known as the City of Ruins, is one such destination that beckons photographers to capture its essence through their lenses.

Heavenly Sentinel  The imposing gopuram of the Krishna Temple against the vibrant sky of Hampi.

This chapter embarks on a photographic journey, exploring Hampi from a photographer’s point of view and delving into the mystique of this ancient city.

Evocative Relics The remnants of Hampi’s palaces evoke a sense of awe and wonder.

The City of Ruins, Hampi, is a living testimony to the splendour and legacy of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Whispers of History Exploring the remnants of a glorious past in Hampi’s architecture.

Its architectural marvels, cultural significance, and historical importance continue to fascinate and inspire visitors from around the world.

Time-Worn Chronicles A glimpse into the rich history through Hampi’s ancient structures.

As we immerse ourselves in the remnants of this once-flourishing city, we not only witness the tangible remains of a bygone era but also gain a deeper appreciation for the enduring spirit of human creativity and resilience.

All the photos and text in this post are copyright of Kovvuru Venkata Narasimha Varma, Visakhapatnam, Creative Hut Institute of Photography.Their reproduction, full or part, is forbidden without the explicit approval of the rightful owners.

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