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Hampi

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A small village called Hampi is situated on the border of the southern Indian States of Karnataka and Goa, among the ruins of the once lush city Vijayanagar, the former capital of the ancient powerful Empire of Vijayanagara. Once Hampi was the religious center of this area, and in our day has not lost its value. This is especially true of the famous Hindu temple of Virupaksha, which today attracts pilgrims from around the world.

The name of the village was bought thanks to the Tungabhadra river on whose banks it was built. Its ancient name was "Pampa". And the word "Hampi" comes from anglogermanica "Colleagues" - pronounced "Pampa" in the ancient language Kannada, which was and remains very common in South-West India, especially in Karnataka.

According to historical records, the first settlement on this territory appeared in the first century. And already from about 1336 and became a major cultural center. This lasted until 1565, until the city hit the floor the power of the Muslims. As it was a very important strategic point, possession was a big advantage.

In General, Hampi is a real Paradise for historians, archeologists, cultural experts and tourists. The unique architecture of each building, originality in every detail makes this place truly unique. The most important to date buildings of Hampi are the Virupaksha temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva; the temple complex, Hazara Rama, famous for its fine frescoes; the temple complex Krishna which was discovered very recently, just a few years ago; the temple complex was Vittala, which owns the famous stone chariot, which became a symbol of Karnataka.

The village of Hampi is listed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.