Vittala Pushkarini is located on the northern side of Vittala Bazar, Hampi, Karnataka.
The Pushkarini said to have been built in 15th / 16th century is in good shape, though the Mantapas on the sides are in ruins.
Located diagonally opposite to Kudure Gombe Mantapa, the Pushkarini with a typical mantapa at the centre, still holds water.
Being a significant part of the overall water management system of Hampi, these Pushkarinis played an important role in water conservation, maintaining ground water levels, the rituals and functional aspects of the Temple.
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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!