About Group of Monuments, Hampi
The temples in Hampi are popular for their large dimensions, bold and delicate carvings, florid ornamentation, magnificent pavilions, stately pillars along with rich iconographic and traditional portrayals that include subjects from Ramayana and Mahabharata. The largest surviving temple of Pampapati was widely refurbished. It’s glorious entrance tower was built by Krishnadeva Raya. The Vitthala temple stands as a unique paradigm of Vijayanagara style. The monolithic statues of Lakshmi, Narasimha and Ganapati are worth noticing for their immensity and elegance. The Krishna temple, Pattabhirama temple, Hazara Ramachandra and Chandrasekhara temple along with other Jain temples are provided with widespread bazaars lined on either side of the mandapas. The Zenana enclosure has a massive stone basement of the Queen’s palace and a lavish pavilion known as the Lotus-Mahal, which, serve as reminders of a luxurious royal harem.
Recent excavations at this archaeological site have unearthed a large number of palatial complexes and basements of several daises. Some of the interesting finds include large number of stone images in both relief and round, lovely terracotta objects and stucco figurines that had once festooned the palaces. Together with these finds, gold and copper coins, a square stepped-tank at the south-west of Mahanavami Dibba with a large number of ceramics and porcelains bearing inscriptions of Buddhist sculptures from the 2nd-3rd century A.D have also been discovered. This World Heritage Site by UNESCO had welcomed many contemporary chroniclers from far off places such as Arabia, Russia, Portugal and Italy, who have left great, vivid and bright details of the city.