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  • HISTORY NOTES πŸ“ƒ:The Forgotten Empires of Karnataka

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  • Karnataka
    Karnataka
    I was browsing through the internet about the History of Karnataka and I came across the historical places of Hampi,Bijapur and Badami.The places which boast the rich history of Chalukyas,Vijayanagara Empire and Adil Shahis. So now I was looking forward to exploring these places
  • Hampi
    Hampi
    Our first destination was 'Hampi'. Hampi was the former capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire and it was one of the richest and largest cities in the world during its prime (1400-1565 AD). Home to the significant Virupaksha temple, one of the holiest temples in all of India.
  • Sri Virupaksha Temple
    Sri Virupaksha Temple
    We decided to cover some of the major attractions in Hampi. The first destination on our checklist was " Virupaksha Temple " The Temple is a part of the Group of Monuments at Hampi, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temple is dedicated to Virupaksha, a form of Shiva.
  • Stone Chariot, Hampi
    Stone Chariot, Hampi
    Our 2nd visit was "The Stone Chariot "at Vittala Temple. It is "The Jewel of Hampi". The chariot was built by King Krishnadevaraya of the Vijayanagara Empire during the 16th century, who got fascinated with the Konark Sun temple chariot while fighting a battle in Odissa.
  • Stone Chariot, Hampi
    Stone Chariot, Hampi
    The latest thing in an Indian’s wallet is the neon-y blue Rs 50 note with an image of the stone chariot representing the glorious ruins of Hampi. The lesser known fact about the structure is that it is a shrine for Lord Vishnu’s vehicle, the Garuda, and not a chariot.
  • Stone Chariot, Hampi
    Stone Chariot, Hampi
    Inspired by the Dravidian style of architecture, the chariot is a colossal structure which shows the skill of the earlier craftsmen and architects. The beauty of the chariot lies in the fact that it looks like one solid structure but in fact, has been built by slabs of granite.
  • Matanga Hill
    Matanga Hill
    Hampi Bampi! I was done with all the major attractions by evening, so i decided to go up the Matunga Hill and enjoy one of the most spectacular sunsets.
  • Bijapur
    Bijapur
    Our next destination was 'Bijapur'.We were there by afternoon,it's about 5 hrs journey Bijapur was established in the 10th and 11th centuries by the Chalukyas of Kalyani,later ruled by the Adil Shahi dynasties from 1490-1686 AD which left the most important monuments of the town
  • Gol Gumbaz
    Gol Gumbaz
    We reached the Gol Gumabaz at around 1 p.m. Gol Gumbaz, the Taj Mahal of south India It is the mausoleum of Mohammed Adil Shah, Sultan of Bijapur and was completed in 1656 by the architect Yaqut of Dabul. Its the second largest dome and largest unsupported dome in the world.
  • Badami
    Badami
    It was day 3 and next in the list was 'Badami'. Badami was founded in 540 AD by Pulakeshin I (535-566 AD), and was capital of the Chalukyas between 6CE - 8CE and the rock-cut Badami Cave Temples were sculpted during this period.
  • Badami Cave 1
    Badami Cave 1
    The first and the foremost cave is known to be built in 578 A.D.One can reach the cave by taking a flight of 40 steps.Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the cave adorns not less than 81 sculptures of Lord Shiva in the form of 'Nataraj' having 18 arms ,made out in Red sandstone, the cave.
  • Cave 2
    Cave 2
    The second cave can be sighted at the summit of a sandstone hill. This Cave Temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the Universe as per the Hindu beliefs. Here, Lord Vishnu is presented in the form of a 'Trivikrama'where his one foot is commanding the Earth .
  • Cave 3
    Cave 3
    Perched on the hill, the third Cave Temple traces its origin in 578 A.D.The front elevation of the cave is approximately 70 ft wide.The platform is carved with the images of 'ganas'. The structure of the temple rejuvenates the memoirs of Deccan style of architecture.
  • Cave 4 jain caves badami
    Cave 4 jain caves badami
    Fourth Cave Temple is accredited for being dedicated to the Lord Mahavira,the 24th Tirthankara of the Jains. The cave is believed to be the latest amongst all the four caves.It finds its origin in the 7th century,nearly 100 years after the construction of the three other caves.
  • Badami
    Badami
    By the evening we had seen all the places and it was time to pack up and board the bus back to Bangalore. I reached home by evening. It was yet another trip towards the history .

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