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HAMPI, the seat of the famed VIJAYANAGARA Empire was the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India, covering several states. The empire reigned supreme under Krishnadevaraya, the Emperor. The Vijayanagara Empire stretched over at least three states - Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Andhra Pradesh. The destruction of Vijayanagar by marauding Mogul invaders was sudden, shocking and absolute. They reduced the city to ruins amid scenes of savage massacre and horrors beggaring description.
Although in ruins today, this capital city once boasted riches known far beyond the shores of India. The ruins of Hampi of the 14th Century lies scattered in about 26 sq. km area, amidst giant boulders and vegetation.

Vijaya Vittala Temple is one of the most exquisitely carved temples in hampi. The magnificently sculpted pillars are the marvel in the history of temple architecture. Each pf the pillars are different, which gives different musical notes when hit with fingers!

I was waiting for these tourists to come on the spot. The colors are adding to the otherwise a dull picture. I used Nikon F-100, nikor 18-35mm with polarizing filter. Handheld. Auto exposure, f-11. Fuji provia-100ASa

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