Ananthashayana temple is located 10 km south-west of Hampi. This magnificient temple was built in 1524 CE by Sri Krishna Deva Raya.
The rectangular Garbhagriha is massive – 70 feet tall, 20 feet wide and 60 feet in length! The beautifully carved vaulted dome on top of the Garbhagriha is further 30 feet tall!
The Garbhagriha is one of its kind! Speaks volumes on the architectural and execution skills of those times.
The Antarala and Mahamantapa have highly ornamented, tall pillars – typical of Vijayanagara style. The temple praakara is large.
An astonishing architectural masterpiece!
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Hampi (Kishkinda), Karnataka is situated on the banks of river Tungabhadra 340 km north of Bengaluru.
With more than 1,600 monuments covering ~40 sq kms, Hampi is a World Heritage Site and World’s Largest Open-air Museum.
Hampi, referred to as Kishkinda in Ramayana, has ancient history traceable to thousands of years.
Most of the current day ruins were built by Vijayanagara kings during 1336 – 1565 CE.
Hampi at one time was most prosperous and considered to be the largest city in the World. As per the chronicles of European and Persian travellers, Hampi had dedicated trading markets for diamonds, pearls, silks, brocades, and had opulent palaces, marvelous temples, royal quarters, embassies for foreign emissaries, massive fortifications, large pools, baths, water management systems, aquaducts, pavilions, stables, riverside features, pillared halls, Mandapas, memorial structures, gateways and defence check posts.
Hampi – it’s a living museum!